Appropriation or Appreciation | Internet backs 18 year old Keziah Daum

I do not know if you are aware of this story but there was a trending news article that was making headline about an 18 year old girl named Keziah Daum in America who wore a Chinese dress called Qipao or Cheongsam. Naturally, it triggered a lot of culturally sensitive millennials who were shouting ‘Cultural Appropriation’ from top of their lungs. It started with a Twitter user named Jeremy Lam replying, ‘My culture is not your…prom dress.’

Keziah Daum was accused of Cultural Appropriation by Twitter user 'Jeremy Lam'
Jeremy Lam’s response to Keziah Daum’s photoshoot sparked a debate online

I beg to differ, though.

What’s ‘Cultural Appropriation’ to you may be ‘Cultural Appreciation’ to the person wearing the dress. It depends on the person wearing the piece of clothing. My friend asked me to make a video on the news article and I felt that I need to deliver. The video can be found below.

What was even funnier was how the internet really responded to all this controversy. I am disappointed that I did not come across these memes earlier.

Here are my top five picks:

1) Anakin Skywalker is offended with this picture as it is culturally appropriating Star Wars

Anakin Skywalker is offended with this picture as it is culturally appropriating Star Wars
Cultural Appropriation is strong in this one

2) I did not know that such outfits even existed

Even Italian People are offended with these outfits

3) I honestly have no idea why the internet is obsessed with the Bee Movie

The internet’s obsession with the Bee Movie

4) There are a lot of rumours online that Mark may not be human. So based on those rumours…

They are among us and our dear Mark could be one of them

5) The chemistry is explosive in this meme

Even Kim Jong-un is offended

Manchester Anime and Gaming Convention

Wow, I need to start updating my site more often. It was week before last week that I went to Manchester Anime and Gaming Convention 2018 but I never got around to post about it on my site.

Well, here’s the lowdown.

The actual convention was fun. It was not as big as last year or at least it did not feel as big as last year’s. The floor was jam-packed on the Saturday and I dedicated the entire day to taking photos and recording for my vlog.

Recording cosplayers was a bit tricky because there was not enough space for them to pose and with the rain pouring down, cosplayers stayed in most of the time. I took a lot of photos though which you can find on my Facebook page.

Posted by Suneil Angel on Saturday, April 7, 2018

As for the convention itself, it was pretty standard stuff with some nice add-ons. The Gaming Section was on the first floor and had classic Nintendo games on the NES to Super Smash Bros, Halo 5 and Mortal Kombat.

Merch was pretty cool ranging from t-shirts to collectables and Animes. It was standard stuff, nothing new.

But there was something that I was not expecting to be there – a maid café. Set up by Arcadia Maid Café, the idea was that food will be freshly prepared for customers and when you are having food, the maid would sit down, talk and play Pokemon with you. While I can imagine that it was nowhere near the Maid Cafés in Japan, I can appreciate the attempt. The problem I had with the café was the actual food. The Pikachu Pizza I ordered was burnt from the base and it was so hot that it burnt the plastic plate.

I sat out on the after-party on the Saturday night as I was tired thanks to my full-time job.

On the Sunday, I dressed as Mafiaso Deadpool and had fun just walking around meeting kids and grown-ups alike while uttering lines like, ‘Deadpool’s here to make you an offer you cannot refuse.’

So, in other words, it was good. I just wish the floor was a bit more spacious but I think there were some renovations taking place. That’s why, there was not a lot of space to walk around.

You can check out the full vlog below:

What was I up to in March?

So, March was a pretty busy month for me – to the point where I was nearly burned out. I had to attend some conventions and made some rant videos. Now, I could do a YouTube video but then I thought, I should probably write a blog for my site.

Liverpool Comic Con:

I kicked off the month with Liverpool Comic Con and it was a blast. I was not expecting it to be that good but had the chance to meet some cosplayers and even met Gail Kim.

Had a great time there. Met Gail Kim, played Far Cry 5 full 16 days before launch and met a lot of cosplayers. Feel free…

Posted by Suneil Angel on Monday, March 12, 2018

You can see the full vlog below:

Cancer Research UK triggered Sofie Hagen

This was the big one. When I first started my Rant Mode: Activated playlist, I used to write a script which used to take me ages. The script helped me flesh out my commentary more but it lacked the humour, that appeal which makes other YouTubers amazing. So, I started having my rants unscripted. While it was fun making those, I had to do multiple takes but sometimes I messed up on sentences (English is not my first language) and often missed out some points. So, for this Rant video, I wrote a script and went through it over and over again to make sure I covered all the points I wanted to talk about.

For me, the video worked out fine and there a lot of interesting things I talked about too but there was one thing I wanted to see for myself – I wanted to see how Sofie would take criticism. After a few days I uploaded the video, I saw a tweet of hers, which in hindsight I should have screenshotted but I didn’t. It went something along the lines of her saying that she loves being fat. To which I replied:

So naturally, that got me blocked.

I was nice to see that someone who went on a Twitter rant few weeks ago refuses to engage with general members of the public to defend her claims and views.

MCM Birmingham Comic Con 2018

Then, it was time to move on to the biggest event of the month, MCM Birmingham Comic Con 2018. It was truly amazing. I met Nolan North, Troy Baker and a couple of Overwatch Voice Actors who were equally amazing.

Had an amazing time at MCM Comic Con Birmingham. A big thanks to all who posed for the photos and vlogs (which will be uploaded soon). Feel free to tag yourself in the pics.

Posted by Suneil Angel on Monday, March 19, 2018

I only attended the Sunday but it was still a bust day. I met a lot of cosplayers, made some friends and had a great time. You can check out the vlog below:

The Vault:

Man, this series did not get much attention from me in the past but it is definitely one of those videos that I really enjoyed doing. In this video, I just showed off all the cool stuff I got from MCM Birmingham Comic Con.

You can check out the video below:

Well, that was March and things are already crowding up for me in April.