I've heard this multiple times before (and just read about it today on a site I traverse on) and I don't really understand it. From my basic, slim, bare-bone understanding, it's when you take something from another culture and make it your own, or saying you can relate to someone/something from another culture. Some say it's good, some say it's bad. Let me offer some scenarios that I've read around the web. Liking black rap music is bad if you're a white person. The gist I read here is that if you have no idea what it's like to be through the singer's life, you shouldn't take the singer's lyrics and apply it to your own. But what if I, say, liked Biz Markie's music. Is that cultural appropriation, or is it just me liking Markie's music? Weebo. That's basically a term for people who get all excited about Japanese culture and try to act Japanese. This I can kind of get why it can be offensive because to Japanese people, non-Japanese folks are basically pretending to be their preconceived understanding of what Japanese is. But what if someone were just fascinated with Japanese culture and wanted to study it, the language, the music, etc. Is that cultural appropriation? Then I read about shoe stores putting images from different cultures on their shoes as if they were a market. This I think I can understand for sure how it would be cultural appropriation and offensive. It's basically trivializing what is considered deeply important for an entire group of people and marketing it to those who have little to no understanding of what the image means. It was just something mulling around in my head today and wanted to discuss it with you all. Am I wholly ignorant and naïve about the whole thing? Yes, but I trust you fine people will helpfully correct me on this.