- May 2012
............ has it really come to this?
People are too scared to write a fictional book for the fear of being "Roseanne Barred".
Yeah. There's a lot of sensitivity around this because so many people have bought into the cultural appropriation thing and so someone writing about people from another culture - I think this is usually limited to cultures where most of the people are not white - this is considered sort of like stealing that culture. People say, "It's not your story to be told."
I think this is usually not as much of a problem when talking about people in ancient times. I mean, it's not like they're going to complain about it.
It's a really damaging concept to art and literature, to limit people because of their culture. But that's how it is now. Even a white girl who wear a traditional Chinese dance to a school dance in America caused a lot of controversy online. Fortunately a lot of Asians spoke out in support of her but the fact it drew any controversy at all is sad.