Celebrities Accused of Cultural Appropriation: Katy Perry, Beyoncé, & More
Whenever white celebrities use imagery (or worse, stereotypes) of other cultures, tempers flare online. Often, the furor is justified. Such “artistic license” can be problematic, especially when the artists seem to be exploiting the identities and cultures of oppressed minorities for commercial gain.
The issue of cultural appropriation is especially relevant in the era of Rachel Dolezal, the black-identified former NAACP leader who was born to white parents. In this gallery, take a look at the celebs who have incited similar controversy — including a poet who possibly translated the works of Maya Angelou and Tupac into French in order to pass them off as his own.