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Anyone Outraged Over a Chinese Dress Must’ve Missed the 90s Entirely

Anyone Outraged Over a Chinese Dress Must’ve Missed the 90s Entirely

Cultural appropriation is one of the more ignorant spawns of the social justice movement.

The outrage machine needs to get itself together. Seriously.

The internet is harassing a poor 18-year-old gal because she wore a traditional Chinese dress to prom. Keziah Daum is accused of committing the heinous crime of cultural appropriation (which only exists in the minds of those without intellectual or cultural depth of any kind).

It all started with this tweet:

Daum is beautiful. Red is a great color on her and she wore the hell outta that dress.

Anyway, the internet’s best and brightest feverishly pounded away on their keyboards informing her that her thrift store prom purchase was heresy to the progressive gospel.

To her credit, she told them all to pound sand:

Do any of these people remember the 90s? Because these exact same dresses were all the rage not more than 20ish years ago during the late 90s and early 00s. Hell, I wore a navy blue Chinese dress to a school dance and through college, my favorite shoes were the fabulously comfortable cotton Chinese baby doll shoes. Also popular? Plastic chopstick things to keep long hair tied up in a bun.

I wasn’t the only one jump on the Chinese fashion train (pics from this post).

Destiny’s Child (pre-Beyonce solo career):

The Olsen Twins:

Sarah Michelle Gellar:


Annnndd…Jennifer Aniston:

Etsy, the popular craft site, is full of listings for 90s Chinese dresses because they’re gorgeous and classic.

Cultural appropriation is one of the more ignorant spawns of the social justice movement.

I grew up overseas. Lived and studied in Europe as an adult. It is not detrimental to a culture to enjoy aspects, items, dress, customs, or food unique to said culture. Quite the opposite, actually. If you’ve spent a substantial amount of time in a culture, not your own, with which you’ve fallen deeply in love with, you know this to be true.

The world is a far more hostile place than it was just 20 years ago.

But, as parents always advise, you can’t please anyone (these days, especially), so there’s really no sense in trying. In today’s brave new world, you are truly damned if you do and damned if you don’t.


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 1, 2018 at 5:52 pm

Why how very RACIST (and Nazi-like) of the UN-social IN-justice MOvement.

But would we except anything less from the spawn of Clinton and Obama?


The trick is not to care what the left or their media thinks of anything.

Enjoy your dress, Keziah. You’re going to be a lot more happy in life than the useful idiots who panned it.

JusticeDelivered | May 1, 2018 at 5:57 pm

The young lady is right, the dress is gorgeous, as is she in it.

Bill Whittle on cultural appropriation. The world would be very different if “whiteness” wasn’t appropriated.

That is a nice dress. It reminds me one of my favorite sword bags. (Hey, and some people say romance is dead.)

The guy’s tie could use a bit of work, though. It looks too much like something I’d wear … and that’s not good.

The first time I ran into “cultural appropriation” was about twenty years ago. Some Hawaiians were whining about something, and it seemed that they had to make up an offense to actually whine about. It was in a magazine article an ex-GF had lying around her house. She was a sociology professor and had truckloads of progressive garbage like that everywhere. Then I heard nothing more about it until it cropped up a couple of years ago, in company with “microaggressions”. It’s so entirely stupid I was surprised it became so popular. Apparently nothing is too stupid.

Jeremy Lam has been revealed to be a racist, offensive crank seeking attention. He finally got it. Unfortunately the dress will start a trend.
BTW, Lam is a Vietnamese name. That dress is similar to a Chinese dress. So Lam. who made you a Chinese dress critic? And it goes with out saying that the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians made similar apparel.

    4fun in reply to puhiawa. | May 1, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    Sounds like Lam appropriated English as well as the internet. I’m sure he’ll realize how wrong he is to steal such things and quit using them.

      puhiawa in reply to 4fun. | May 1, 2018 at 9:48 pm

      Or the T-shirt, underwear, belt and buckle, pants and fly he has on, likely with a zipper. T-shirt and modern men’s under ware are American inventions, belt/buckle, belt hooped pants and fly, Western Europe and Britain, zipper Switzerland. All European.

      Casey in reply to 4fun. | May 1, 2018 at 11:43 pm

      Nope. Sorry. It’s only cultural appropriation when a “dominant” culture adopts stuff from a “minority” culture. So by definition white Europeans can’t protest because they’re the “dominant” culture. It’s a “heads I win, tails you lose” definition.

      …Mexico should be going through one Hell of an identity crisis, though. Heh.

Can we white people take back our culture … Cars … Phones …. Computers … Airplanes … TV …. Movies …

    Money … Oh wait, that was invented (the paper form) by the Chinese. Should we stop using that because it was invented by someone who looked different from us?

    Okay. Everyone who believes cultural appropriation is a real thing and who is not Chinese, must, from now on, stop using money. Chickens only! They must only accept payment (including their welfare payments) in chickens!

    THAT will teach those evil cultural appropriators!

      puhiawa in reply to irv. | May 1, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      Money was not invented by the Chinese, paper money was. African Neanderthals likely invented money, but it might have been the Neanderthals in Europe (no one is quite sure as they inhabited both continents) .

Isn’t everyone who speaks English but is not of English descent guilty of this bullshit?

These SJW morons need to be mocked relentlessly, surely they must be reaching peak stupidity soon.

    Anchovy in reply to Paul. | May 1, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Yes. Don’t bitch about cultural appropriation in English.

    Observer in reply to Paul. | May 1, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Not only did he use/appropriate English, but he also posted his complaint about the girl’s dress on the internet — an invention of white Americans that, according to his reasoning, nobody but white Americans should be using.

Here’s a question: If it is cultural appropriation for Westerners to wear Chinese-inspired dresses, isn’t it similarly cultural appropriation for the Chinese to use computers? How about Africans aspiring to freedom based on the western concept of individual rights? Maybe it is cultural appropriation for any non-westerners to use the scientific method. Just a thought.

94Corvette | May 1, 2018 at 6:44 pm

I may just go and drag my Nehru jacket out of the closet.

ugottabekiddinme | May 1, 2018 at 6:57 pm

Uh oh, Kemberlee, watch out! You called her a “gal.”


In any case, cultural appropriation IS A GOOD THING.

BTW, the one thing deserving outrage apparently got none. That would be the guy’s tie.

Wasn’t the cheongsam invented in the 1920’s?

There’s an Oriental named Jeremy who was screaming “cultural appropriation” on Twitter and was really upset. I am upset that he is “appropriating” my culture with his first name and if he doesn’t dress like a background character in a Charlie Chan movie.

It used to be said that imitation was the sincerest form of flattery. Now it’s appropriation of other’s culture or however they look to phrase it. What they did against this lovely young lady was nothing less than bullying to push their stupidity and hatreds.
Why is so many on the left are miserable creeps who only find joy in ranting and belittling others? Then they cry over being victims of some sort or other. I am convinced it is a mental disorder that this behavior is becoming normalized by radical fools who only seem to want to sow discord and division.
What made America a great nation was our melting pot type of culture. When we saw things that were good we copied, or adapted them into our society. And while many maintained a sense of pride in our ancestry, we became Americans first and foremost. We enjoyed having our ancestral celebrations and uniqueness while waving the Red White and Blue. We were inclusive rather than the snowflakes of today who divide and pour hate on groups and criticize them for being divided.

I think someone has been using a stir stick in their brains, as their thoughts have become so convoluted they even have a hard time explaining their “causes” with anything beyond a 2nd grader mentality.

Meh. Thin-skinned cry-bullies are going to be offended no matter what. Nothing new; here’s a thirty (or more) year old Bloom County strip:

Gremlin1974 | May 1, 2018 at 8:17 pm

Simple to understand. Beautiful girl in a beautiful dress, but since the left is based on soul deep ugliness they have to try to make everything as ugly as they are on the inside.

Ms. Duam you are a beautiful young lady as you move through life remember this when they try in the next few years to twist you and make you ugly on the inside as well, resist them.

Gremlin1974 | May 1, 2018 at 8:20 pm

Also, isn’t appropriation of some cultural aspects part of healthy assimilation into american culture…..I mean, I’m just sayin’.

She is beautiful and a strong lady. I would have loved to have had her for a prom date even if she was wearing sewn together gunny sacks.

I wore one of those dresses to a Halloween party. It was authentic, my dad had brought it home to my mom from Korea. I got a lot of compliments.

Dumb trolls.

The are a lot of jealous sob’s out there.

Yes, she’s a very pretty girl in a very pretty dress. Like the chart, too. 🙂

One wonders how these snowflakes would react to Big Trouble in Little China or Lethal Weapon 4?

Everyone that is not of English descent is guilty of “cultural appropriation”

Stop appropriating my culture’s language you racists!!

Oh, and no one is allowed to use any technology that was invented by anyone from another race/culture. Or you will be slandered as a racist and shunned. For life.

I promise to culturally appropriate whatever I want and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

An Attractive Young Lady, I just do not see what the problem is, So, where are all the protesters, where are all the afflicted, who exactly has been offended? Or could it be that once again the Media have generated some kind of sick and twisted version of a lie? Is it possible that no one is offended at all, (no one that matters) Might it be that all that is really going on is that someone likely a woman was not happy that an attractive young woman looked better than she did on one particular day? The point is, all I see is a girl in a dress, if you see anything else then time to deal with your own problems, leave the rest of the world out of your problems.

Are we so desperate for clicks that we cannot just ignore stories like these?

The dress in the picture looked great, Madonna looked like she was rode hard and put up wet.

buckeyeminuteman | May 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm

That girl is in high school? I’m so old I can’t remember where I went to high school, but it definitely wasn’t wherever she went.

Chuckin Houston | May 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm

Sad is the culture that has nothing worthy of appropriation. A culture that fights appropriation is putting itself in a place where the larger world will neither know, nor care, if it disappears.

Albigensian | May 2, 2018 at 4:34 pm

All successful cultures appropriate what’s useful to them from others culture (and, really, they always have). And in doing so they invariably change the culture import in ways that suit the importing culture. China once attempted to enforce a monopoly on silk production, then someone smuggled out some silkworms. And them DuPont had the effrontery to invent nylon fabrics that could be used as a silk-substitute (which, while ersatz, is a whole lot cheaper and in some ways better).

If you’re still doing arithmetic using Roman numerals and you learn about ‘Arabic’ numerals, well, you’d be a fool to stick with your old, clunky way of figuring, wouldn’t you? If your culture doesn’t do perspective drawing and you see an example of it somewhere and find it interesting and useful, you’re going to refuse to use it because it developed by others?

The only cultures that do not appropriate are ones so isolated that they are dead or dying, the ones some hope to preserve in amber or, when that’s not possible (it seldom is), to at least document before they’re gone forever. And the irony is, the culture may be beyond saving, the survivors within it are likely to appropriate like crazy when see what’s available. Because, who wants to cook in heavy, brittle clay pots when you could use nice stainless pans instead?

Of course, the “don’t appropriate” demand is not made in good faith. It’s Westerners who are forbidden to appropriate; non-Westerners, being oppressed, always have a right to appropriate at will (because they’re owed, and you owe, or something). Thus, although the ‘hard’ sciences may have originated in renaissance Europe, science and first-rate scientists are found aplenty in many non-Western countries. But don’t you dare strip the Hinduism from Yoga and use it as mere exercise and/or meditation.

But with total compliance Western Cultures would not be OK, for they remain the despised Otherers (even as they accept people from all over the world within their borders). Because the “nocultural appropriation” is peripheral to a larger demand, that Western cultures really should just … die.

Because …

harleycowboy | May 3, 2018 at 8:10 am

Can we claim culture appropriation for all the noncitizens wearing denim jeans?