I love The Advocate, I still like them, but this...this was in bad taste.
The politically correct (PC) culture is strong and fierce these days, and it's necessary and important. However, I think appropriation is used so loosely these days, to the point where the PC culture is calling appropriation for just because somebody's wearing the costume, celebrating the holiday that's not of their culture, etc. when that alone doesn't make it appropriation. This is appropriation:
On their Facebook page, The Advocate used "Gay of the Dead" as their headline. So basically....
- They reduced a sacred holiday into a silly meme. Where's the respect to the holiday?
- They clearly don't know what the holiday is about. The proof is that they posted this when it's not actually Día de los Muertos. That's on November 2. November 1 is where the people commemorate the children that lost their lives too soon. All they had to do was Google search it to know this. Doing that would show that they at least have some respect and sympathy for the culture. Evidently, they don't. Where's the respect to the culture?
- Chances are that nobody on their staff knows any Mexican people. If they did, they would have thought twice before doing this. Where's the respect to the people?
That's appropriation. Taking a culture that's not one's own, stripping away its meaning, and showing no respect to the people. What they could have and should have done was post about LGBT children who lost their lives too young, or make it about LGBT Mexicans celebrating their holiday. This meme will most likely be their only nod to the culture and holiday, and that's...that's not right. I was happy to see that ALL the comments, yes, ALL of the comments, in response to this on their page said that this was disrespectful, tacky, and in poor taste, even "wtf?" worthy. Do you agree?