The internet’s reaction to a Utah girl wearing a traditional Chinese dress to prom was highly over the top and symbolic of certain people’s desire to take offense, suggests David French of National Review. The US, in particular, is home to a uniquely huge array of cultures. Americans should be able to embrace and enjoy the clothes, food and history of said cultures without fearing judgement. The desire to make this an issue of identity and start a big debate over it is just divisive. The girl was innocently wearing a piece of clothing that she found beautiful. Twitter’s angry reaction went way too far. We should be able to appreciate the qualities of other cultures.
While excessive backlash against the Utah high school senior that wore a Chinese qipao to her prom wasn’t justified, calls of cultural appropriation were, argues Eliza Anyangwe of The Independent. While her own motives were likely innocent, taking a traditional garb from a certain culture and turning it into a commodity is something that Western colonialists have taken to extremes in the past. Doing so comes from a privileged position that should be acknowledged. Clothes have meaning beyond what we attribute to them. The girl should have avoided wearing something so traditional, when not fully knowings its history.