Arman asked about 2 months ago

[Inspired by https://twitter.com/idkred3/status/1552046390477729792] Do you think wearing the traditional clothes associated to a specific culture by someone who is not related to that culture is offensive?

Arman

[Inspired by https://twitter.com/idkred3/status/1552046390477729792] Do you think wearing the traditional clothes associated to a specific culture by someone who is not related to that culture is offensive?

What Sean said. In việt culture we have the traditional ao dai which is common to wear for Lunar New Year and weddings. I've had family members get married to white people who wear the ao dai, which is totally appropriate and makes sense for them to do so at the wedding and I'm not upset by it. I've never seen some random person out and about wearing an ao dai for no reason, though. I wouldn't be outraged by it but I'd definitely be wondering why they're wearing that out and about when there are probably more comfortable options

In Scotland the national dress is tartan - kilts, trews. Tartan is more than just a fancy pattern: it actually signifies your family - your clan. In the old days, a man could walk into your village and you would instantly know he was a Campbell or a Mackenzie, and considering the clans were usually fighting amongst each other, this was a very handy thing. So, today, when you see American tourists (for it is always American tourists) walking around wearing five different types of tartan at the same time, do we get offended? No. Do we approach them and tell them the sorry history of how wearing tartan was actually illegal [...]

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No, I'm not one of those douches just looking for things to be outraged about.

No. People need to stop being offended by everything and stop being offended on behalf of people who aren't offended.

Only if it is done to mock. Having an appreciation for other cultures is not offensive.

Only if you're doing it to take the piss out of the clothing.

No it isn't offensive though it might appear as cheesy. And even members of the traditional culture might look extra-cheesy when they do it on purpose to just appear as oh-so traditional and conservative.

The context matters - it is when you're doing it to be intentionally obtuse and you have no actual respect for the culture whence it came