Is it possible to take inspiration from other cultures without causing offense?

The internet loves to talk about cultural appropriation, specifically the impact of white cultures appropriating aspects of marginalized ones as symbols of “cool.” Before Coldplay and Beyonce fetishized another community for a primarily white market, Katy Perry had made a habit of it: picking and mixing from geisha history, the African American community, and ancient Egyptian culture across various videos and performances. Prior to the term cultural appropriation even being popularized, Gwen Stefani was parading around wearing a bindi and making us cringe with her team of Japanese plus ones.

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