She may have meant well, but Twitter user Dani Jo probably should have done her research before accusing Japanese company Sony of appropriating its own culture.
It all started at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018 where Sony hired a musician to play a traditional Japanese instrument while dressed in traditional Japanese attire.
The musician was Cornelius Boots, and yes, he is American and he is white.
But there was more to the story than Dani Jo realized and it all came pouring out on social media.
It all started with this tweet:
Some people chimed in agreeing with Dani Jo, of course:
But then Twitter user BestMomEva, who says she is Japanese, dropped some serious knowledge.
Many agreed with BestMomEva's take:
I didn’t know any of this but thank you for the explanation. Really helped a lot! ^^— Darnell Hamilton (@dbzfreak2) June 15, 2018
I am Japanese. I think that We love to see anybody touch our culture even if you are not the master of anything.— tetsuya45 (@tetsuya451) June 15, 2018
I am only 1/4 Japanese, but when we visited my Japanese family, they went out of their way to help us experience Japanese culture. We were dressed in kimono and taken to historical places. There are services that cater to tourists wanting to experience this as well.— Sags and bags (@Camivette) June 16, 2018
I dont understand this thinking. Sony is a Japanese company. They picked him out for this because of his title. Refusing to accept this, its almost like— Doctor Ditzy (@TheAmazingAsuka) June 15, 2018
"Oh no you silly insert x race here, let me, the white person, tel you what you can or cant do. I know whats good for you"
The whole cultural appropriation debate will rage on, of course, but hey, at least we learned something.
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