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10+ Times Celebrities Were Called Out For Cultural Appropriation

Jordan Claes 1 Feb 2021

There's a fine line between honoring and appropriating another's culture. Sometimes, it's difficult to see the distinction, and then there are the other times when it screams right in your face.

Below are 10+ times that celebrities were called out for cultural appropriation. Hopefully, through their mistakes, we can all learn and make an attempt to be more considerate and understanding of cultures moving forward.

1. Jennifer Lawrence


In 2018, Jennifer participated in an ad for Dior that was intended to highlight and celebrate Mexican culture.

Many people were understandably confused as to why an ad that was geared toward Latin American culture would star a white woman.

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2. Jennifer Lopez

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JLo has been accused of appropriating black culture for years. She has a habit of featuring black artists on her singles and has even said the n-word on record.

Most recently, she faced backlash for a selfie that showed the singer's baby hair.

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Katy is another pop singer who has been called out multiple times over the years.

Her greatest misstep came when she dressed as a Geisha for a performance at the 2013 AMAs. She's since apologized and has vowed to continue educating herself on other peoples' cultures.

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4. Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj caught some flack when she premiered her single "Chun Li" on Saturday Night Live.

Nicki chose to wear traditional East Asian attire, similar to the Street Fighter character that the song gets its name from.

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5. Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton had one of the most culturally offensive Halloween costumes that Hollywood has ever seen.

Back in 2010, the heiress thought it would be a good idea to dress as a "sexy Indian" as she so eloquently put it.

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The Adele accusations have only recently transpired. The hairstyle that the iconic pop star is sporting in this photo is called Bantu knots: a traditional style worn by women of Africa.

This photo was taken during what would have been the Notting Hill Carnival.

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Chet Hanks is the son of the legendary actor, Tom Hanks. As hard as it might be to believe, Chet is also a rapper.

He managed to get himself into hot water when it was discovered he'd made comments on social media using the n-word.

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8. Heidi Klum

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Heidi Klum's love for Halloween has been well documented over the years.

But the famed supermodel may have taken things too far when she chose to dress up as the ancient Hindu god, Krishna.

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I don't have enough time to dissect just how badly Post Malone has/continues to appropriate black culture for his own personal gain. I mean come on; the guy made a song called "White Iverson" for crying out loud.

For a thorough debunking of Post Malone, you have to listen to Charlamagne tha God.

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10. Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy Teigen should have learned from the mistakes of Paris Hilton. There's nothing sexy about genocide, and celebrities like Chrissy would do well to better educate themselves on the struggles of American indigenous peoples.

This costume isn't cute, it's ignorant.

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11. Pamela Anderson

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Pam was the original cultural appropriator when it comes to Indigenous American culture.

For Halloween, the Baywatch bombshell decided it would be a good idea to adorn herself in a full-length Head Dress, the kind typically worn during religious and cultural ceremonies.

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12. Machine Gun Kelly

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MGK has been accused of using hip-hop and Black culture as a launch point for his music career.

The singer has since ditched the gold grills and chains for skinny jeans and a guitar; you be the judge.

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13. Ashley Tisdale

Dia De Los Muertos or "The Day of the Dead" is a Mexican holiday that's celebrated on November 2nd. The point of which is for friends and family members to gather and honor the memories of those who've died.

Ashley's choice of Halloween costume, therefore, was understandably met with some resistance.

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14. Ariana Grande

Just like MGK, Ariana has been called out for appropriating hip-hop culture. Her song "7RINGS" has also been accused of plagiarism.

I have to admit, it has a lot in common with Princess Nokia's "Mine." Have a listen and decide for yourself.

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Come on, people! Have we not learned the hard way that augmenting the color of your skin to resemble another race is just wrong?

What did Tia think was going to happen when she posted this picture?

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