Cultural Appropriation is Central to all Human Civilization
Culture does not exist within a vacuum. Without interaction between other cultures, there is no advancement in society. People pluck the ideas they like out of other people’s decks, so to speak, and they combine those ideas with their own. This is a beautiful thing and is central to the human experience.
Those who complain about cultural appropriation don't at all understand history or trade. They really just don’t know how cultures start in general. Without cultural appropriation, a place like Japan would be such a boring place that we would never even talk about them. If the Portuguese, Chinese, and Americans didn't have contact with Japan then they'd only be doing one of two things any given day and both of those things include killing each other. Without contact with the Etruscans, Greeks, and Celts the Latins would be herding sheep and naming each other after the river they live next to; "Hey Tiberius, how are the sheep today?" "I don't care. I want to die." And they'd also just be killing each other because that's what bored people with tough lives do.
It’s not surprising that those who rail against “cultural appropriation” fail to see the irony in what they’re saying as they hypocritically borrow the clothing, technology, and language of other cultures as they live their lives. This lack of self-awareness is partially what causes many to scoff at them when they start talking about how they believe that, “Only Mexicans should be allowed to eat Mexican food” as they shovel spaghetti into their stupid faces.
The lack of self-awareness speaks to the actual reason members of the religion of social justice rail against everything that makes people happy. They want to appear erudite and virtuous by acting as if they’re somehow defending people that they truly deep down believe to be weak and victimized because of their race of minority status. It makes them feel good to think they are protecting someone who they believe couldn’t possibly have free will and agency to share their own opinions. It provides them with a small dopamine rush and it is for this reason that people who decry cultural appropriation as something sinister are at the final frontiers of virtue signaling.
Before people attack someone like Lady Gaga for wearing an Indian sari, they should probably consult the people they claim to be defending. If they did, they’d probably hear the response, “Oh my god! Lady Gaga just wore a piece of fabric that is commonly worn in the same area I live in!” And this is what actually happened in that particular situation. If someone appreciates your culture and shows that appreciation by taking part in it, people are ecstatic to have that connection.
Seeing someone enjoy an aspect of your culture creates a deep sense of pride. To have a similar appreciation for something creates a bond between people that allows for peace and understanding. To demand a freeze in the sharing of culture wouldn’t “protect” people’s feelings in the slightest. It would make relationships between the different cultures more frigid.
If you like a certain kind of clothing or have an affinity for a different culture then you should never let anyone denigrate you for it. Know that what they do is for selfish reasons. The sharing of culture is paramount in creating closer relationships with different peoples and to not share in culture would make the world several times more boring.