Dru inadvertently invites Ganesha into her living room. Wacky hijinks ensue.
Ok, not really, but I like saying "wacky hijinks." You'll really want to check in with Jaeger for 'em.
I was trying hard not to overwhelm this slight acquaintance with my years-old distress surrounding the topic but was really unwilling to act as if it didn't bother me or as if it left me opinion-less. I also didn't want to invoke the coded sentences that are usually most meaningful to me (employing terms like "appropriation" and "cultural colonialism") but that tend to turn off 85% of the people I know. It's been a struggle to articulate a response to that question and to my own frustration, but it's not an easy question... Responding to it comes together, for me, around the issue of the Hindu bindi in American culture-- its progression from a point of confusion to a focus of racist hostility to a newly fashionable adornment-- more attractive for its atypical placement on white skin.
Anyone care to comment on how mainstream (saying "white" also turns people off) culture in the U.S. borrows (usually in a context-free fashion) bits of other cultures, while expressing thinly-veiled contempt at immigrants (or locals) who fail to assimilate quickly enough or fully enough?
(Says the man with Maitreya Buddha at the top of his web page. . . hypocrisy really is the greatest luxury.)
Update: Eh, why be nice?
Let me start by sharing a little from my own humble life. When I was four and living in some mostly white suburbs, my Indian mum sent her Indian daughter (me!) to day-care wearing a bindi-- the kind painted on with traditional vermillion powder rather than the now-common sticker ones. At day-care, my "American" "care-giver" rubbed it off my face and made an example of me in front of the other little angels, saying I made up ridiculous stories about so-called customs to get away with wearing something weird on my face.
And I thought I had it bad when I had to pick up my puking younger sister from daycare after her "care-giver" refused to accept that anyone didn't drink milk. But I've discussed you fucking freaks of nature before.