Uhh… This happened a few days ago…
So, I made a comment to my friend about some clothing in Torrid.
This clothing was an incredibly obvious appropriation of Native American/indiginous cultures. So, I said, “Wow, Torrid. How incredibly appropriating of you. Good job. *sarcastic slow clap*”
My friend just kind of looked at me and said something along the lines of “It’s just a shirt, dude.”
I don’t know… It just kind of bothered me.
Actually, it really bothered me. It’s like, out of ALL of the BILLIONS of things in the world that torrid could have put on a shirt, Native designs and symbolism could have been, you know… Left alone to the people that work damn hard to preserve their culture. Ponies, or rainbows, or penises, or funny catch phrases could have been put on their clothing… So why did they have to take something like that, in a very VERY generic way. So generic it was insulting, actually.
And then, when I say something, my friend just kind of scoffed.
I dunno. I just feel like it should’ve been taken a bit more seriously. Not like, I’m-going-to-start-a-movement-against-Torrid seriously… But, I feel like my friend probably could have asked “Hey, how is this bad?”
Or something. I don’t know. I don’t know!
I just hope that if said friend sees this, she knows that I’m not attacking her personally at all, because I love her more than life and this was just a bit of rambling on my part and I know I’m not a native person by any means (you have to go back like 8 generations to find any sort of Native American blood in my family) but I still feel like stealing from any culture is kinda fucked up, yenno?
Edit to add: This is the shirt I was talking about. It’s description reads: