Experiencing Technical Difficulties (resonant) wrote,
Experiencing Technical Difficulties
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First Of May

As is traditional on this day, here is my annual reminder of Jonathan Coulton's song, "First Of May". It's not safe for watching in your workplace.





While mentioning Jonathan Coulton, I have a question about this song:



On his website, Jonathan Coulton says, "In the proud tradition of many white Americans who came before me I hereby steal and white-ify this thick and juicy piece of black culture. " However, on Jezebel, they are calling his cover "hipster racism", rather than "cultural appropriation". I'm curious to learn if you consider this disrespectful and racist, blatant theft, or a respectful homage? Extra weight goes to the opinions of those who have had their ethnic and/or cultural heritage reused by others.

http://jezebel.com/5905291/a-complete-guide-to-hipster-racism

http://www.jonathancoulton.com/2005/10/14/thing-a-week-5-baby-got-back/
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