I’ve seen some posts making this guilt trip of how the people who like to dress up as a sugar skull or the Catrina for halloween or whatever is racist and cultural appropriation.
Nah, it’s completely fine, as long as you are not totally ignorant about it or disrespectful.
Sugar skull represents the deceased, in a joyful manner. And the Catrina is just a social critic which became an icon later on for the day of the dead and Mexico.
It is not offensive to turn this into a costume or an accessory because it already is, so if you want to dress up like sugar skulls on Halloween, do so, but atleast know it’s value.
Be open minded, don’t even hate, and share this rich culture we have with the rest of humanity, chill.
This post is about that eradicating guilt trip and blaming, and turn it into self awareness
I gotta admit, I am hugely inspired by the Day of the Dead, and imagery from it turned up a lot in my art, and tumblr made me stop referencing it for quite some time.
Now I can go back to drawing La Catrina to my heart’s content
No. That is not how this works.
This whole post is a “I don’t want to upset the whites so here lemme just give the history of this cultural practice and pretend that’s enough education for you to be ‘allowed’ to use this imagery.”
You don’t get to pick and choose who you listen to. There are countless Mexican bloggers and descendants that have tried to preserve their culture in America explaining why white people taking this shit from us is hurtful but OH the one post you happen to agree with is what you’re actually going to listen to?
"Fuck you! You don’t get to decide what’s best for Mexico, ONLY I DO!!!! You don’t get to pick and choose who you listen to! Now disregard all the Mexicans that say this is fine and only listen to the ones that are offended!!!!"
Fine, but no more European clothing for La Catrina, if you want to play that card. Unless bustle dresses are somehow sacred ancient Mexican traditions.
By the way,. is this only an issue when whites do it? Does this mean black and asian people are free to wear sugar skull makeup?
But remember, it’s (conveniently) only wrong when it’s done to a minority. So it’s entirely fine for them to dress in Western/European clothing.
They act as if people are going to forget that these things originated in Mexico (actually since a lot of the traditions originated from European shit like the Spanish technique and the clothing, you could make the argument it’s just as much white culture - definitely the sugar skulls, at least). Regardless, people ain’t gonna forget that.