R & B artist Summer Walker is facing a backlash by dressing up for a performance at Crypto.com Arena and turning a traditional Hmong necklace called xuav into a skimpy two-piece.
Centuries ago, the Hmong were enslaved by the Chinese and forced to wear a necklace as identification. After independence, they designed a necklace called xuav, which means “chain”, in memory of the hardships of the past. Today, xuavs are worn at traditional celebrations as an inspirational symbol of the Hmong identity.
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Many members of the Hmong community used social media to express their dissatisfaction with the diversion and sexualization of sacred cultural accessories by Walker and her designers.
Costume designers identified as descendants of “South Asia and India” apologized for not recognizing Hmong culture in the design of Walker’s costumes.
“We didn’t mean to offend anyone. Yes, we had to put in the right captions and hashtags,” they told the angry netizens a direct Instagram message on their design company Laurel Street account. I answered in. “We then deleted the post because we didn’t want to get involved in any more negatives.”
Still, some remained resentful at the lack of cultural awareness of Walker and her designers.
This is not the first time Walker’s actions have angered the Asian-American community. In 2020, Walker was blamed Perpetuate the story of xenophobia When the COVID-19 pandemic began, she posted a two-year-old video of a Chinese civilian with the misleading caption “Disseminate the coronavirus to the public,” but was subsequently removed. I did.
Via feature image @summerwalker (Left) and Jessica Yang (Right)