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Nov 9, 2013 / 2 notes

On Miley’s December 2013 Cosmopolitan Interview and Cultural Appropriation

You know her, you love her, you love to hate her, or you’re already older than 26: America’s Sweetheart needs a fucking education. Miss Miley Cyrus recently had her second interview with Cosmopolitan this year during which the interviewer posed to her point blank:

COSMO: You’ve gotten some flack from critics who say you’re appropriating black culture.

It wasn’t bad enough that she most ignorantly leveraged a culture with which she had no ties as a high-class white girl as an accessory to make her seem “edgy” or “cool” or whatever the fuck she was going for, and it wasn’t bad enough that she got that horrible sexist, rapist pig Terry Richardson to happily direct her Wreckingball video (which, should confirm to anyone that her mind isn’t really her own), and it wasn’t bad enough that she mocked Sinead O’Connor’s mental health, but on top of all this prior ignorance, it seems she still doesn’t understand what cultural appropriation is. This was her reply:

MILEY: I think two generations from now, everyone is going to be like, “What do you mean gay people couldn’t get married? What do you mean anyone looked at you twice for having black girls dance with you on stage?” It’s 2013! Like, why are we talking about what color the girls are on stage with me? I just can’t believe it.

Uhmm. No.

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

Nope.

You know what I can’t believe? Miley Cyrus ACTUALLY thinks that people are mad at her for having black people in her video. Have black people in your video. For a little bit of background, let’s go ahead and review the Wikipedia definition of Cultural Appropriation: “Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group. It describes acculturation or assimilation, but can imply a negative view towards acculturation from a minority culture by a dominant culture.”

Miley, have as many black people in your video as your heart desires, but definitely definitely DON’T use them as your props. Are they your friends or your dancers when you slap their asses and objectify them for their bodies during the VMAs?

Yeah, this doesn’t read to anybody as a white girl of privilege objectifying somebody for their body and color. This definitely looks like a socially conscientious young lady touting racially charged stereotypes and advocating the rights of her dancers and truly appreciating their dancing talent.
Oh but wait, what about that one scene in “We Can’t Stop?”

Where she is quite literally all white in the middle being framed by black people wearing black? Is this not the equivalent of “It’s ok, I can do/say that. I have black friends and they’re cool with it” …? Well if that’s the case, where were your black “friends” in the rest of the video?

Oh sorry, I missed the one or two people sprinkled in there to make it OK again.

The problem is not that she wants to be entrenched in the type of music she wants to start making. Let’s say Miley wants to be a rap artist. There’s nothing wrong with welcoming some of the culture surrounding the music. The problem lies in the fact that she’s using the culture to further her status. She’s using what she considers black culture to further her agenda and she’s being down-right insulting to the culture she’s currently leveraging. Does she really think that her dancers’ bodies are free to be abused? Just because she’s in charge and this is her show it’s ok to treat them like a piece of meat? Uhmm, no I’m pretty sure that that’s either a hate crime or a stone’s throw from it.

So now you’ve gotten your little crash course on what’s happening with Miley and her appropriation of “ratchet” culture, which apparently enocmpasses ALL black culture, the real problem is that she doesn’t seem to understand why people are mad at her. It doesn’t appear that she knows what cultural appropriation is. She doesn’t appear to know why what she’s doing is racist. I’ve heard this on jezebel, and I think this is a good point - she’s also getting some pretty mixed signals from the black people she knows. She’s being urged by big stars like Kanye West, Lil Kim, Pharell Williams and even Mike Will Made It that what she is doing is great.

Looking at it through this scope, it’s sorta sad to note how little so many people with so much money understand about the hegemonic culture that they perpetuate through their music. What’s great about propelling yourself forward when you do it by leaving others in the dust? Somebody needs to get this girl an African Studies course…and probably a Women’s Studies course while she’s at it. It’s clear that she’s a young lady who truly does not understand that what she does insulting racialliy, culturally, and sexually.

View from our balcony in Firenze, Italia!

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Aug 14, 2013 / 6 notes

View from our balcony in Firenze, Italia!

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Coming down the mountain from our hike in Cinque Terre. Started in Monterosso and arrived in Vernazza RIGHT as it started to pour. Just in time!

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Aug 14, 2013 / 3 notes

Coming down the mountain from our hike in Cinque Terre. Started in Monterosso and arrived in Vernazza RIGHT as it started to pour. Just in time!

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Saw these while backpacking from Monterosso to Vernazza. We grow them in my mom’s back yard, and I never knew that they grew beans!

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Aug 14, 2013 / 2 notes

Saw these while backpacking from Monterosso to Vernazza. We grow them in my mom’s back yard, and I never knew that they grew beans!

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Danny on our vacation in Europe. Backpacking Cinque Terre.
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Aug 14, 2013 / 4 notes

Danny on our vacation in Europe. Backpacking Cinque Terre.

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Can’t believe I never posted this. Sophomore Year BA project. We were learning about collaging, abstraction and commentary on the modern world sorta back to back to one another within the course of a month. The assignment was to somehow combine the 3 into a project. This is what I came up with.

Everything you see is 100% collaged, cut and pasted paper. I made each piece with extra care and specificity and in the end, I arranged them in the most effortless, organic shape that I could. I sorta let it go free form with the arranging, becuase I found that meticulously trying to force naturality is just absurd. When this was on the wall, I hoped to evoke a juxtaposition of machinery and organicness.

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Aug 14, 2013 / 1 note

Can’t believe I never posted this. Sophomore Year BA project. We were learning about collaging, abstraction and commentary on the modern world sorta back to back to one another within the course of a month. The assignment was to somehow combine the 3 into a project. This is what I came up with.

Everything you see is 100% collaged, cut and pasted paper. I made each piece with extra care and specificity and in the end, I arranged them in the most effortless, organic shape that I could. I sorta let it go free form with the arranging, becuase I found that meticulously trying to force naturality is just absurd. When this was on the wall, I hoped to evoke a juxtaposition of machinery and organicness.

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Aug 14, 2013 / 1 note
Aug 14, 2013

Love - Hate Pop

I take issue with the fact that I live in a society that allows crappy child stars become crappy adult stars #ButAlsoILoveIt . That’s right @MileyCyrus! I’m looking at you!

Wait, I’m not on Twitter?

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Aug 14, 2013

NSFW Favorite things

My company has a homegrown social connections hub, so to speak. It doesn’t allow you to communicate within the site, but it acts as a little profile. We can upload a few photos, our ID photo is posted at the top, some info about how to contact us, and at the bottom we can add some personal facts. For example, we can list special groups, places we’ve lived before, favorite things and so on. I was filling out my “favorite” things, and I found myself trying very hard to not sound like I was 14. I listed some things that are favorites, but not more than some of the things that I couldn’t bring myself to list. With tumblr pride, here is a list of my REAL favorite things (not to be confused with the list I made last year. 2013 favorites are all new, baby):

1) Jenna Marbles

2) Miley Cyrus (esp if she’d just get her life together and be Hannah Montana again)

3) Elvis Duran and the Morning Show

4) Drawing manga

5) Disney movies

6) Anything by Ai Yazawa

7) Niche fashion (grunge, indie, harajuku, pastel goth etc)

8) Cinque Terre

9) Post Feminism

10) Friends (the TV show)

11) Friends, the people who matter to you

12) My super tight family

13) My boyfriend, Dan

14) My Barcelona Red RAV4 (and it’s important that I specified the color)

15) My Rebecca Minkoff Swing bag

16) Physical Fitness (running and Insanity are my favorite venues)

17) Korean BBQ

18) Being outside, anywhere and hiking makes it even better

19) The Pine Barrens

20) coffee

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Jul 16, 2013 / 8 notes

Last week I posted the filtered and juxtaposed version of this where I made the comparison between this picture and Ceres from “Ayashi no Ceres” and I proceeded to rant about feminism.

I wanted to post the original photo-edited picture, because I just wanted to mention how effing long it took me to photoshop relatively convincing hair strands onto this original photo! I mean, the hair in general was a stretch bc my¬† hair is SHORT. Not that I’m looking for praise or anything, nut I’m just saying, I worked really hard on mimicking the hair strands in the picture of Ceres :3

…the rose petals weren’t that hard xP

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Stationary marker doodle. I left the space empty so I could make a list of important things in the white space, but I like the design so much, I can’t think of a list that will stay relevant as long as I would want it to for the picture. I did one like this about a year ago that had a list of my favorite things on it for 2012. Maybe it’s time for a 2013 favorites xD Any suggestions?

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Jul 16, 2013 / 8 notes

Stationary marker doodle. I left the space empty so I could make a list of important things in the white space, but I like the design so much, I can’t think of a list that will stay relevant as long as I would want it to for the picture. I did one like this about a year ago that had a list of my favorite things on it for 2012. Maybe it’s time for a 2013 favorites xD Any suggestions?

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Preliminary sketches for a painting I’m working on. Dedicated to my baby sister, Paige, who lost her life in her personal battle with Epilepsy last October. Love and miss you, Paige.

The bottom is a sketch for the layout, the top is color tests to see which color family I want to stick with. I decided on green and pale purples.

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Jul 16, 2013

Preliminary sketches for a painting I’m working on. Dedicated to my baby sister, Paige, who lost her life in her personal battle with Epilepsy last October. Love and miss you, Paige.

The bottom is a sketch for the layout, the top is color tests to see which color family I want to stick with. I decided on green and pale purples.

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Jul 16, 2013

Art Therapy, baby!

As is the tradition with young people, I first walked into college touting my desire to pursue art and psychology. You know that time, before you realize how low the employment rate is for both of those professions. Still, kudos to those of you who pursued it. Live the dream, baby! I gave up on psychology pretty quickly (not art though! Double majored in art and Information Technology :3)


Anyway, I just wanted to note that my original intention of marrying Art and Psychology was to become an Art Therapist. I’m sure that had I continued down that path, I would have had desires to use what I learned for more selfish purposes, like, now that I understand psych and art, what kinda art should I make? How can I (more adequately than the Surrealist movement, which had relatively low understanding of the unconscious mind) use what I know about my mind to bring the dark secrets to surface?

But, no, I decided to just go forward with art and see what kinda shit I could make without the psych background. On the note of being “selfish” with art therapy, I must say that starting up with this tumblr again has been something like art therapy for me. I remember feeling that way when I first started this tumblr last year and thinking “ahh, it feels good to see all my work displayed on one page and shown together”—you know, instead of having to flip pages in a book. Very relaxing. It’s public, so you’re all invited to look at it, but it’s art for me, too. Art therapy, baby and without ever having to get a psych degree! Te he, I win.

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Once a year I draw one picture of Sailor Moon to see how my art style and skill changes over the years. Why Sailor Moon? Because I’ve had this tradition since I was in 3rd grade. It’s a pretty interesting gauge, all things considered, because I still have all of them. My current age: 22 yrs

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Jul 16, 2013 / 26 notes

Once a year I draw one picture of Sailor Moon to see how my art style and skill changes over the years. Why Sailor Moon? Because I’ve had this tradition since I was in 3rd grade. It’s a pretty interesting gauge, all things considered, because I still have all of them. My current age: 22 yrs

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Fun little selfie in my new apartment. Can’t put this touch pad down ._.

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Jul 9, 2013 / 2 notes

Fun little selfie in my new apartment. Can’t put this touch pad down ._.

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