New Delhi: Ace lensman Dabboo Ratnani released his much-awaited calendar for 2019 amid fanfare in Mumbai. But little did he expect controversy to erupt on social media—all thanks to a specific look created for the photoshoot.
In Dabboo's calendar, Shraddha Kapoor is seen donning a colourful headgear which is similar to the Native American war bonnet. The picture has got her in trouble as several social media users have slammed her for it. Diet Sabya, a page which calls out celebs for copying brands shared the calendar picture on Instagram and slammed the actress for 'cultural appropriation'.
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ART OR CULTURAL APPROPRIATION? . . . According to our basic birthright source, Wikipedia, the wearing & displaying of such headdresses, and other ‘indigenous traditional arts and sacred objects’ by those who have not earned them — especially by non-Natives as fashion or costume — is considered extremely offensive by traditional Native people. The ‘controversy’ is part of a wider effort by Native American activists to highlight the ongoing cultural genocide against indigenous peoples (especially in the United States and Canada). The stupid trend of musicians and festival-goers wearing warbonnets across festivals has led to criticism by Native Americans, apologies by non-Natives, and the banning of headdresses as costumes by several big-league music festivals. We thought this was common knowledge. Yet, we are here, talking about it being appropriated by a celebrity calendar. @shraddhakapoor by @dabbooratnani for #dabbooratnanicalendar . #Dietsabya
'Cultural Appropriation' is defined as the act of adopting certain elements of one culture by members of another culture. However, it can be controversial when members of a dominant culture appropriate from disadvantaged minority cultures.
Social media user have called out the photographer and the actress for wearing the headgear for a calendar shoot.
Bollywoodlife.com asked Dabboo's wife Manisha Ratnani about the whole controversy, to which she said, “We were not aware of this. The intention is never to hurt anyone whether it is from India or from abroad. I had no clue of the 'cultural appropriation' issue.”