A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
These days, Cultural Appropriation is trending everywhere. You can read about it here, but I’ve discovered an interesting fact: “Cultural Appropriation” isn’t real. It’s a game invented by middleclass, university undergrads with time on their hands. It’s quite simple and very similar to the “You’re a Racist” game; however, the scoring is slightly different. A player must first ambush some unsuspecting white guy — doing just about anything beyond eating Kraft Dinner — and accuse him of Cultural Appropriation. While the white guy is still wondering WTF, the player must then try and light up the Internet by generating enough traffic to attract the attention of the mainstream media. There is no limit to the amount of venom or indignation the player can use. Name calling is allowed, and as in the “White Privilege” game, there are no penalty points for bullshit. Scoring is simple: more hits equal a higher score and Facebook “likes” don’t count. (Did they ever??) There are bonus points if the white guy apologizes and/or eventually just gives up trying to explain. Also, all bonus points are doubled if the unsuspecting white guy is associated with a brand name corporation. Points continue to accumulate through the 48 hour news cycle but stop immediately when the story appears on Huffington Post. The player wins when the white guy’s activity or event is cancelled; however, NO points are awarded if the player doesn’t immediately bitch about the lack of cultural diversity in Western society. In that scenario, the game resets itself and the player must start again.
Like all holier-than-thou games — including “Sexist, Sexist, I Found a Sexist” and “Homophobes are Everywhere” — ” Cultural Appropriation” is derived from the classic “Stereotyping White People” game which has been a sophomore sport since the mid 60s. And although we’ll probably never see the great college tournaments of the 80s and 90s again, we can all still enjoy hours of liberal guilt just playing these games for fun with our friends. Good luck, and good gaming!