Kim Kardashian and other celebs accused of cultural appropriation
Kim K under fire for wearing 'Om' earrings, disrespecting Hindu religion
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Pop culture is a melting pot where cultures and customs fuse and coexist. However, when borrowing is done in bad taste, it's called something a little different: cultural appropriation. It's been a hot topic in recent years, and power dynamics between majority and minority cultures are now being discussed more openly than ever.
Kim Kardashian is a repeat offender, having stirred complaints from Black communities, Japanese communities, and now the Hindu community. The reality TV star posted sultry images of herself lounging on a bed while sporting oversize silver hoops featuring the sacred “Om” symbol on Twitter, and backlash quickly ensued for the way she reduced a spritual symbol to a fashion accessory.
In the Hinduism, Om is one of the most important spiritual symbols that expresses devotion to the religion. Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said it was “deeply trivializing” for Kim—who identifies as Christian—to commercialize it. “Inappropriate usage of sacred Hindu icons or deities or concepts or symbols for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the devotees,” Zed said in a statement. “[It] was not meant to be used as a fashion statement or to become a tool for sexy fashion.” Many others aired their concerns in the comments of her posts, expressing that their religion is not an aesthetic.
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