tbh this was why i was so enamored with the ‘drift compatibility’ concept in pacific rim like wow look this is a fucking movie that OUTWARDLY DISPLAYS THE CONCEPT THAT FRIEND LOVE ROMANTIC LOVE AND FAMILY LOVE ARE ALL EQUALLY STRONG AND ALL EQUALLY AFFECT YOUR LIFE AND NO ONE TYPE IS GREATER OR MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE OTHER
Can someone please explain to me the difference between cultural appropriation and exploring designs from other cultures? I mean, are you saying that I can never draw characters based on traditions that are not my own? That I can never look through other cultures for design…
It’s pretty easy to comprehend. People are seriously just going to google images, looking up “Indian clothes” and copying what they like with minimal alterations. That’s not inspiration, that’s just playing dress up. And coupled with the RAMPANT sexualisation of Loki in this fandom, plus the pretty fucking skeevy dynamics of a child bride from an “exotic culture” getting wed to a “normal” majority white culture, it’s pretty gross. Why aren’t people massively changing Asgardian culture for their AU? Why isn’t Thor dressed in a thong and decked out in chains? Asgard is foreign to us as well, but only Jotunheim gets treated as an “other” in fanwork. The Jotun already have a culture, but fandom decided it wasn’t “sexy” or “exotic” enough for them. Can you see how that’s an issue?
I’m in an animation degree with a focus on concept design, and I’ll pitch in here — this is unacceptable and god damned lazy design work. If this is the best people can come up with then you’re seriously lacking in imagination. Looking at real world cultures for inspiration is absolutely fine and encouraged, but always be aware of the context.
PS - if you don’t like the MCU Jotun designs start using the Jotun designs from Thor: Season One instead. Canon, inoffensive, and really damn nice.
Okay, this answer makes more sense to me. All I wanted to know was if it was okay to explore other cultures in design work or if that was considered “cultural appropriation”. The original essay made me question whether I was allowed to or not without being deemed racist or insensitive to other cultures. I actually don’t think this is an easy topic to comprehend which is why this is an issue in the first place. I would not take this issue callously, which is why I asked questions. I meant no offense to you or anyone. I just wanted clarification on this hot issue.
I haven’t read the article mentioned, nor do I read enough Thor fanfiction to totally understand the context of what certain people in the fandom are doing with the Jotuns, but I reeeeeaaaaaally like the conversation that’s happening above.
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