So the Degrassi cast decided to enjoy Halloween by having a party, where those who attended of course dressed up. Annie, Cristine, Jessica and Melinda dressed up as several of the Disney princesses: Snow White, Pocahontas, Cinderella and Jasmine.
A few days later, someone on tumblr posted this “secret” on the fuckyeahdegrassisecrets tumblr:
“I absolutely LOVE Cristine. But seeing her in this blatant example of cultural appropriation and racism definitely made me love her a little less. And Halloween is really no excuse for it.”
One of the people who replied to this posted links to these sites:
Now, my question to you is do you find Cristine Prosperi’s outfit to be offensive, even if she is just dressing up like a character from a VERY WELL KNOWN children’s movie?
For me, the answer is no. I wanted to post a really long, thoughtful response to this, but I can’t. The words aren’t there. For years I feel like I’ve suffered from “race fatigue.” If you haven’t noticed, I’m a black guy. I grew up in a community where black people would constantly talk negatively about white people (my parents DID NOT though, but other black adults would). There’s nothing the “white man” could do right because everything they did was considered offensive. In no way does that mean one should overlook the existence of racism/sexism, etc., but sometimes I feel like some people are literally just sitting there, looking and waiting for a reason to be offended so they point to people and say “See!! I told you they’re prejudiced against our group!!”
I don’t know. I just don’t think I could ever see myself dedicating my existence to getting worked up over every example of cultural appropriation of black people, over analyzing every action of everyone else instead of actually going out and living my life, making myself a shining example of how my culture should be represented. Was Cristine’s outfit BLATANT cultural appropriation and racism? In my opinion, absolutely not. She thought it’d be fun to dress up as a Disney princess with her friends, and that’s it. I can guarantee you the idea that the Native American community would be up in arms over her costume would come to mind. But when it comes to anyone who has a high level of sensitivity to any issue, the intent of others is considered irrelevant when you feel like people are out to get you or take you down…everyone against you is considered equally horrible.