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Gwen Stefani Hits Back At ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Claims For ‘Racist’ Japanese Videos.

Gwen Stefani is defending her inclusion of Japanese girls in her videos and in her live shows.  “If we didn’t buy and sell and trade our cultures in, we wouldn’t have so much beauty, you know?” Stefani said of her Harajuku girls.

Stefani was criticized by comedian Margaret Cho back in 2005 when she wrote on her website about the Japanese Harajuku girls, “I mean, racial stereotypes are really cute sometimes, and I don’t want to bum everyone out by pointing out the minstrel show.” “To me, a Japanese schoolgirl uniform is kind of like blackface,” Cho added.

Stefani called the Harajuku girls, “the girls she loves” and says “all the rules are dividing us more.”

Do you think people are too sensitive when it comes to cultural representation? Do you agree or disagree with Gwen?