Sometimes when I’m wandering about the interwebs I get a poke with the clue stick that is too big to ignore. Like this [ETA] reblogged tumblr post from, sometimes Hoyden commenter and author, @jennifergearing.
There are two gifs on the site which I will quickly describe: the first is Katy Perry dressed up in a Hello Kitty outfit saying ‘The three of us look so very Japanse’. As if dressing in Hello Kitty outfits = appreciation of Japanese fan girl culture rather than just appropriation of the same.
The second gif shows a man in a brown suit saying ‘If there is such a thing as a loving version of racism, I think you’ve found it.’
Jennifer’s  tumblr re-post also talks about Gwen Stefani’s fascination (fetishization?) with
Yakuza Harajuku girls in Japanese culture, but she makes the very good point that these girls are never allowed to be heard, only seen. So again more on the appropriation side of the scales than appreciation perhaps?
A well written, sharp and to the point post often gives you that insight and makes you remember that these girls/women/people/cultures aren’t dressing up for our entertainment, this is how they live their lives and pursue their interests. To take something superficial away from that doesn’t feel like appreciation anymore.
[ETA] thanks to Chally for pointing out the blog/reblog function on tumblrs. Thanks Tamara for setting me straight on Harajuku girls. All mistakes are my own.