Bar table, where we can see typical Latin American food and drink, and a bag with the legend "Long live the taco".

Ep. 21: Let’s talk about cultural appropriation

Cultural appropriation happens more often than in should. And inappropriate use of a culture not your own happens even more often. Both of these practices are harmful, and in this episode I’m walking you through clear examples of both, and giving you practical guidance on how not to engage in them. In addition, you’ll walk away with practical guidance on how you as an individual and consumer can play a role in shutting down these practices as well.

Welcome to Inclusion and Marketing, the show that’s all about helping you win the attention, adoration and loyalty of more consumers, especially those with differences that are often ignored by brands. I’m your host, Sonia Thompson, a marketer and someone with a lot of differences. Let’s get to it.     

Here are the links mentioned in the episode

Hailey Beiber make trend rant – Shantal Smith
The cultural appropriation of yoga – Blair Imani
The Maasai People Take Back Their Brand
Dia de los Muertos Barbie Walks a Fine Line Between Cultural Appropriation and Appreciation
Kim Kardashian West’s Kimono underwear meets Japanese backlash
How Disney redeemed itself with ‘Coco’ after the Dia de Muertos trademark fiasco


Access the full transcript of the episode here.

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Until next time. Remember, everyone deserves to have a place where they belong. Let’s use our individual and collective power to ensure more people feel like they do.

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