(FreedomBeacon.com)- Gwen Stefani, a famous pop singer, is not frightened of the woke cancel mob. The pop icon defiantly declared, “I’m Japanese,” and defended her Japanese-inspired look against charges of cultural appropriation in a recent essay.
She told Allure magazine, “It should be acceptable to be influenced by other cultures because if we’re not permitted, then that’s dividing people, right?”
However, Asian-American reporter Jesa Marie Calaor for Allure expressed a different opinion, stating that her statements could still be harmful even if Stefani meant well.
Although it’s not fully understood how it’s hurtful by anyone, accept a cranky, woke academic.
Stefani described how her father, who spent 18 years working for the automaker Yahama and frequently traveled between California and Japan, introduced her to Japanese culture in the interview-turned-hit article, which Allure prefaced with the alarmist sub-headline “What she said surprised us.”
She claimed, “That was my Japanese influence. And I found that culture to be intriguing because it was so full of heritage but also so forward-thinking and focused on art, precision, and discipline.”
As an adult, she went to Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood to see it for herself. “My God, I’m Japanese, and I didn’t know it,” Stefano stated.
For infusing Japanese inspirations into her songs, music videos, and personal style, particularly during her so-called Harajuku phase, which included her backup dancers known as the “Harajuku Girls,” Stefani defended herself against allegations of cultural appropriation in the interview.
She remarked, “I just believe that it doesn’t feel right if [people] are going to attack me for being a fan of something wonderful and sharing that.”
She continued that it should be OK to draw inspiration from various cultures since it will likely produce rifts amongst people if it isn’t.
In the article for Allure, reporter Jesa Marie Calaor stated: “I don’t think Stefani meant these words to be harsh or nasty. However, a phrase need not be hostile to have the capacity to injure; my colleague and I felt uneasy after that half hour.”