Dare racism?Japanese fashion label Bape has been ridiculed

2022-05-29 0 By

Japanese fashion label BAPE is preparing to release its first NFT collection.For more than a month, the Japanese streetwear brand has been using its dedicated Discord server to preview the upcoming NFT.For the most part, it’s an almost photorealistic ape decked out in tacky themed accessories, but a new trailer released this week gives a few hints.The controversial image depicts an ape with darker skin than others and wearing a Native American headdress.The look has been interpreted as a form of “cultural appropriation,” and you’ll see at least one white person addicted to Coachella every year.Native Americans have long maintained that no one outside their culture should wear a headwear, while within the community it is a sacred garment that must be acquired.(Popular Science: Cultural appropriation is a term that some people may use in the pursuit of social justice, but generally it refers to the incomprehension, misunderstanding, malicious or harmful interpretation of the weak culture by a strong individual or cultural group to a relatively weak individual or cultural group.Or making fun of, discriminating against, or disrespecting the culture of inferiority;Or direct adoption, appropriation, exploitation, copying, or copying (claiming ownership of) a weak culture.According to critics, cultural appropriation is different from acculturation, assimilation or equal cultural exchange because cultural appropriation is a form of colonization.When members of the mainstream culture copy cultural elements from minority cultures and those elements are used outside their original cultural context — sometimes even against the expressed wishes of the original culture members — the practice is often negatively affected.)Worst of all, the characters BAPE uses are apes.Portraying any non-white person as an ape is clearly undesirable; it implies non-human status.The most popular NFT project at the moment, Bored Ape Yacht Club, has also faced accusations of racism, including accusations related to Nazism.Given that BAPE is based in Japan, the creators behind its NFT probably knew nothing about the Native American images they were dealing with.The discussion around headwear is usually held in the United States.If the art designer does not change the current character, he or she will inevitably receive a lot of criticism and criticism, which will most likely boycott the inappropriate NFT release.Just last month, Junya Watanabe found itself facing accusations of cultural appropriation for using serapes, a traditional Mexican motif, in its fall/winter 22 collection.The Comme Des Garcons sub-brand is also based in Japan, and the Mexican government issued an official statement calling the design “quite unethical”.Junya Watanabe said that the Mexican Cultural Secretariat had been “invited to participate” but that no agreement had been reached before the show.The Mexican government required the brand to recognize and pay for the rights of the Mexican community to the design.Junya Watanabe was also asked to organize an international seminar on collective rights and promised to work with real Mexican artisans in the future.If BAPE goes ahead with its NFT of Native American headwear, it should be able to do so only after reaching a similar agreement with Native American tribes.Care must be taken to ensure that the design is more appropriate to the characteristics of a particular tribe, rather than crudely generalizing the many different cultures that make up the Native American community — but either way, it is ultimately up to tribal leaders to decide what the correctness of bAPe-related portrayals is.While BAPE had everything going for it when it entered the NFT world, it now has to deal with big cultural issues or it will find it difficult to get out of the public opinion hole easily.