The Boys of Lancaster

The Boys of Lancaster Ugh. If this article was written about indigenous people in some developing country, good lefties would have (rightly) complained that it was insulting and othering, but when it’s the Amish, we have The New Republic writing about Amish kids playing baseball in a way that’s just insulting and it’s all good. […]

Lady Gaga, Orientalism, and cultural appropriation

 Ignoring for a moment the fact that this particular outfit looks like Gaga wrapped herself in a bedspread and then got attacked by wild animals, we need to talk about how with her latest burqa-wearing shtick, she’s planted herself smack dab in the middle of a long tradition of Westerners simultaneously hyper-sexualizing, othering, and […]