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

Will I go to Wales Comic Con again?

I was going through my Facebook timeline and found a post by Wales Comic Con that Cara Theobold (VA of Tracer from Overwatch) will be attending the convention in April 2018. As an Overwatch fan, I was like ‘oh, hell yes’ but unfortunately, I will not be attending the convention.

I have been to Wales Comic Con in December 2017 and have to say, it was an underwhelming experience. Considering Wales Comic Con was treated like a national affair that attracts the con-goers with its impressive line-up of guests and celebrities (I know I went there to meet Caroline Ravassa – VA of Sombra from Overwatch), I just did not enjoy my time there.

The convention I went to before the Wales one was MCM Comic Con London so I was really looking forward to finishing the year on a high note because MCM London was exceptional but Wales Comic Con had a lot of issues, particularly with its venue.

The venue was overcrowded and if anyone disagrees with this is living in denial and probably believes that the earth is flat. I could not move around without bumping into someone and because of that, I couldn’t even film my vlog much either.

Another issue with the venue was the lack of cash machines. There were none on the site. If you needed the cash, you had to leave the venue, go across the road (God help you if you are trying to cross the road wearing an outfit that restricts your line of visibility), line up outside a petrol station to withdraw some cash and then make your way back to the venue. It was a horrendous feeling and for the first time in my life, I was glad I was not cosplaying.

The third issue with the venue was that it was organised at an university so the entire event was not under one roof but was in multiple buildings. Every time you left one building to go to another one, your bags were checked and your wrist bands were checked too. Imagine spending your whole day there and every time from one building to the other, you were being checked.

Another issue were the stalls. There was a TENT set up (again, overcrowded) where you could go and buy some nerdy stuff. Where most conventions focus on merchandise and stalls, Wales Comic Con just put them in a tent which was not even that spacious. There were some other merchandise on sale too in one of the buildings where most celebs were sat but not much.

If there was anything good in all of this was that I meet Carolina Ravassa.

Oh, I also met Chloe Hollings again…

…but if you take that out, the entire Wales Comic Con was a bit of a let-down and I don’t think I will be attending it again.

Be Human…

Why do we continue to fight among ourselves an refuse to accept the fact that we are no different from another human being walking down the street? We may practice different religion, belong to a different race, grew up in a different culture…but does that mean that our problems are not the same? True, there will be some people who may have it easier or harder than others but by the end of the day, we will all have the same set of problems. Paying the bills, pay up mortgage, career paths, family issues – we all have the same issues that we worry about when we walk down the street. We may be Christians, Muslims, Hindus and Jews. We may be White, Black or Brown. But before all that, we are all human beings. We wake up in the morning with the intention of earning an honest livelihood for ourselves and our family. We go to bed every night thinking about the next set of bills that could pop through our letterbox in the morning. So, what makes us different – Our skin colour, our social standing or our religious beliefs? There is absolutely nothing that separates us from the rest. We hunger, we thirst, we get tired, we sleep, we live and we die – we are all human beings. So instead of trying to be good at being Muslim, Christian or Hindu, we need to concentrate on being good human beings first. After all, our children will grow up learning from us. We need to leave them a lesson of peace and love, not of anger and hatred. Make a world today that our children will live in peacefully tomorrow.