Anyone Confused About Cultural Appropriation Versus Appreciation Should Take A Look At This Music Video By Gia Gunn

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Despite what certain corn-row wearing, wig-snatching reality show stars might have you believe about the line between cultural appreciation and appropriation, it isn’t half as blurred as they say it is. A new music video by”RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni Gia Gunn proves the point. In a newly dropped music video by the drag performer and trans-activist, Latina Power is on full display.

This despite the fact that Gunn’s greatest cultural ties to Latinidad is her knack for the Spanish language.

Gia Gunn is the drag performer and trans activist behind the new music video ‘La China Mas Latina.’

The title of the song, which Gunn says she interprets as meaning “Latina Asian girl” alludes to the drag performer’s love and appreciation for the Spanish language and Latin culture which she became accustomed to as a young girl. In the video, Gunn goes from playing the part of a geisha in a Japanese tea house to the life of a party where reggaeton rages and Latinxs take to the dance floor. (Note: nowhere in the video does Gunn express her love for Latin culture by garishly donning certain stereotypes or styles a la Gwen Stefani 2004 or Taylor Swift 2014) It’s a literal transition that Gunn says stems from various experiences in her life including her decision to transition her presentation to her strong relationship with the Latin community that not only taught her Spanish but also about identity acceptance.

Gunn, a Japanese-American, explains that she grew up having to explain to people that her ability to speak Spanish fluently came thanks to a Mexican-American kindergarten friend she grew up with . Over time, Gunn picked up the language from interactions with her friend’s family and became fluent.

Speaking about her reasons for making the video, Gunns explains the representation of Latinidad and incorporation of Latin music elements like reggaeton came to her because of how much the Latin community supported her when she first started performing drag.

Gunn, a Japanese-American, explains that she grew up having to explain to people that her ability to speak Spanish fluently came from her relationship with a Mexican-American kindergarten friend, who she says remains her best friend, and her family. Over time, Gunn picked up the language from interactions with her friend’s family and became fluent. Speaking about her reasons for making the video, Gunns explains the representation of Latinidad and incorporation of Latin music elements like reggaeton came to her because of how much the Latin community supported her when she first started performing drag.

And Gunn’s video is appreciative. It’s beautiful really. It boasts classical Japanese culture of Kabuki and geishas while celebrating the colorful diversity of the Latinx community. Gunn puts the spotlight on women with curves, Afro-Latinas with their natural hair out and the beauty and fun of our language without cherry picking or choosing certain aspects of our culture to exploit to elicit attention.

 

Check out Gia Gunn’s new video below!


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