Hollywood Goes Down In Flames After Realizing Entire Industry Built On Cultural Appropriation
For nearly a century Hollywood has been making films and TV shows that tell stories both true and fictional. Billions, if not trillions of dollars have been made by actors and actresses portraying characters for the entertainment of consumers all over the world. But recently various actors have been caught participating in 'cultural appropriation.'
Cultural appropriation is a concept dealing with the adoption of the elements of another culture that is not your own. Many celebrities have been tagged for cultural appropriation when they step out in clothing or a hairstyle that is not from their own heritage. Actress Scarlett Johansson recently apologized for taking and stepped down from a film role where she would be portraying a transgender man. Kim Kardashian is in the news defending a picture where she is wearing her hair in 'corn rows.'
With all of the attacks coming in from the thought police, the Screen Actors Guild thought it best to entirely disband and not make anymore movies or TV shows. Spokesperson Melissa Gilbert, who played pioneer child and woman, Laura Ingalls Wilder in 'Little House on the Prairie' sums it up, "Look... we are all actors. We have all been appropriating other cultures. That's literally what we do. We fake our existence. We get paid to act like we are someone we are not. I never actually lived on a prairie. I've never used an outhouse, gone to a one room school, walked to school, ridden to church in a wagon, or written a successful series of books about that life. It was all fake. I made millions of dollars appropriating someone else's culture. That is our entire industry. Well... it is over. No more acting like other people. I don't know what we will do now."
Cultural appropriation is likely the biggest problem in the acting community. Johansson was very direct in her apology, "I've played Janet Leigh. I voiced the snake in Jungle Book. I've been a superhero in several movies. I don't know what I was thinking. I know I'm not any of those people or things. I just couldn't stop taking the roles. I am sorry for anyone, or any snake, or any superhero that I have offended by trying to act out a role. Trust me. It won't happen again. I've thought about getting a job at a Taco Bell. But I'm not Mexican. So I don't know what I'm going to do. Maybe I will see if someone will pay me to be me."
James Philmont of Diversity Matters, a cultural appropriation watchdog group says this is a step in the right direction. "Basically, if you aren't a transgender person, you shouldn't be acting as a transgender person. These are women acting like men and men acting like women. There is no way an actress could act like something she is not. If she is not transgender, she is a woman. This is science. I cringe when I think of all of the times actors acted like someone they were not just to get a paycheck. Gladly that era is over."