Here are all the innocuous things that suddenly became racist in 2017
Whatever else 2017 is remembered for, there’s no doubt it was a banner year for people accusing others of racism. Left, right, black, white or brown; the only thing people seemed to agree on in 2017 was that everyone was racist except them. And we don’t want to alarm you, but sometimes those accusations had a tendency to be a bit overblown. Below, a shortlist of all the things that suddenly became “racist” in 2017.
Seen everywhere from Ancient Egyptian wall paintings to Marilyn Monroe movies to Swedish erotica, hoop earrings would seem to have a diverse international pedigree. But according to Australian Vice contributor Ruby Pivet, when white girls wear them they are plundering Latin identity. “As for many women of colour before me, hoops play a large role in my self preservation and expression,” she wrote, describing an incident in elementary school when a fellow student stole her hoop earrings. “I learned just how comfortable white people are taking from other cultures,” she wrote.
Casting a black woman as a Star Trek lead
The original Star Trek featured what is often considered to be television’s first interracial kiss. It also gave a leading role to Japanese-American actor George Takei, who up until that point had largely been playing one-dimensional Asian stereotypes. But when black actress Sonequa Martin-Green was chosen as the lead in the new series Star Trek: Discovery, a choice group of alleged Trekkies decided to take it as a racial affront. “Star Trek introduces White Genocide in space,” read one complaint. In response, Martin-Green told haters “to key into the essence and spirit of Star Trek that has made it the legacy it is — and that’s looking across the way to the person sitting in front of you and realizing you are the same, that they are not separate from you, and we are all one.”