This decade, there’s been a large number of instances where pop stars have, in the opinions of some, appropriated from other cultures. While they’ve certainly been called out, one celebrity is using her platform to make sure the attention paid to these instances isn’t fleeting.
Former Hunger Games star Amandla Sternberg (she played Rue in the first film) created a video that shows just how much the appropriation of black culture is weaved into our cultural fabric. Titled “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” the now-viral clip finds Sternberg addressing each incident, Billboard reports.
“[In the 2010s,] pop stars and icons adopted black culture as a way of being edgy and gaining attention,” she says. “In 2013, Miley Cyrus twerks and uses black women as props, and then in 2014, in one of her videos called ‘This Is How We Do,’ Katy Perry uses Ebonics and hand gestures and eats watermelons while wearing cornrows before cutting inexplicably to a picture of Aretha Franklin. So as you can see, cultural appropriation was rampant.”
You can watch the video here.