Is VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE “Cultural Appropriation” of Vampires?
Lort. Some of the things you see on social media. Yes, I actually saw someone arguing this point.
Folks, I’m all about individual liberties. I will always stand in defense of personal freedoms. As long as you aren’t harming anyone or infringing on someone else’s rights, abusing an animal or the environment, or damaging public property, then you have the right to do whatever you want with your life, and I would fight to the death to preserve that right for you. If you believe you are a vampire and choose to live a vampire lifestyle, within the confines of those things I just mentioned, bully for you. I know a couple of Sanguinarians and they’re terrific people. Here’s the problem, though, and it would fall under that “infringing on the rights of others” qualifier. Bitching about “cultural appropriation” in general is as likely as not to get my dander up, but bitching about cultural appropriation of VAMPIRES?!
Come on, people. Please.
The concerns against cultural appropriation were legit to begin with, and still are for that matter. One culture group should never take something that is sacred to another group and use it in mockery or without proper respect. But taken to the extreme—and the idiots of the world will always take things to the extreme—we would have no modern music, because Rock-n-Roll was taken from Blues and Jazz, i.e. white people are now making music in a style they took from black folks. Cultures should blend together, nourish each other, enrich the human species as a whole. What post-PC bitching about cultural appropriation really does is separate people. It’s dangerous. And that’s when we’re dealing with real-world situations. Vampire “culture” (not necessarily to be confused with Sanguinarian culture) came from the world of fiction, or at least of legend. And legend belongs to all of us. It is our inheritance as human beings—and vampires.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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