Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko: Cultural Appropriation, Historical ‘Truths’, and Rationalizing Imperialism

  In Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, the white supremacist slave owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio puts forward an argument that while those whose origins can be traced back to the African continent are inferior to Europeans, there are some ‘exceptional’ people of colour, a logic that dismisses the accomplishments of any person of colour as […]

The Tentative Defence of Iggy Azalea

  There is a saying about artists: “Good artists copy; Great artists steal.”  In a post-modern context, this would be referred to euphemistically as ‘appropriation’, and when it comes to hip-hop, there is perhaps no instrument from the hip-hop tool box used more commonly than the one called ‘appropriation’.  Why, then, does it create such […]