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Rihanna's Fenty pulls 'Geisha Chic' highlighter

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A cosmetics brand founded by Rihanna says it pulled a planned makeup product after it was criticized as an appropriation of Asian culture."Geisha Chic," a shade of highlighter by the singer and actor's Fenty Beauty, first appeared on Instagram. Some fashion accounts, including the verified makeup news account TrendMood, shared images of the item. It was advertised as one of Fenty's new"Killawatt" highlighters, which are shimmery products that can be used to draw attention to certain facial features.

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Several Instagram users weren't happy. The name recalled the Japanese geisha tradition, a group of women that for centuries worked as entertainers and paid companions in the country. Other western brands have been accused of misusing the term and geisha imagery in the past. Others who criticized the shade pointed out that Fenty is usually known in the industry for its inclusiveness. When Rihanna launched the beauty line in 2017, she told the website Refinery29 that she wanted to focus on products that would work for all people.
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Where do you stand on the Geisha Chic highlighter?
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ooooooh, an African American getting dissed for"cultural appropriation"?! swallowing a dose of their own medicine, boom!
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Ok.... I'm just a dumb redneck conservative, can one of you woke folks please explain to me what"cultural appropriation" is cuz I don't get it and I don't want to accidentally appropriate somebody.
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Geisha means performance artist and they are highly respected in Japanese culture. We don't see this inappropriate at all and don't see why Rihanna should be blamed for this.
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I'm Asian and I don't like Rihanna. But accusing her of appropriation is ridiculous.
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I can’t even imagine the Japanese even getting offended over this. In fact, I bet my Japanese mother in law would say people have too much time on their hands to worry about this nonsense.
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OMG people are just looking for excuses to complain and have 5min fame. So makeup labeled geisha chic is bad or insulting because...?
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Why don't they talk about hip hop culture which has been the blue print for modern day fashion. It has been ‘appropriated’ and we ain’t getting paid.
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Fashion is Fashion. Are we really going to restrict it. When I first saw this I thought, cool hat. I didn't think of it as Geisch Chic, or makeup, whatever! So what if it is. People come to this country and adopt Americanize styles.Come on folks, get a grip! There are way more serious things to vent and complain about!
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People have been borrowing fashion styles from other cultures forever. Imitation is the highest form of flattery after all. Cultural appropriation is when you use something of spiritual significance in a non-respectful manner. That is a problem.
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