Gwen Stefani is gaining attention thanks to a new interview.
The 53 year old Love. Angel. Music. Infant. Entertainer opens in a new story for Beckon about her latest GXVE beauty collection, where she also spoke about her connection to Japanese culture and previous controversies surrounding cultural appropriation for her styling and four “Harajuku Girls,” the Japanese and Japanese-American backup dancers she used years ago to promote her music and fashion.
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“That was my Japanese influence and that was a culture that was so traditional and yet so futuristic [with] so much attention to art, detail and discipline, and it was fascinating to me,” she said of her Italian-American father, who came home with tales of street performers when he worked at Yamaha, leading to a conflict between her Home in California and Japan traveled for 18 years.
“I said, ‘My God, I’m Japanese, and I didn’t know it’ … I am, you know,” she insisted.
gwen adding that there is an “innocence” to her relationship with Japanese culture, and described herself as a “super fan”.
“If [people are] criticizing me for being a fan of something beautiful and sharing that, I just think it doesn’t feel right. I think it was a beautiful time of creativity… a time of ping-pong between Harajuku culture and American culture. [It] It should be okay to take inspiration from other cultures, because if we’re not allowed to do that, it divides people, doesn’t it?”
The author, editor-in-chief Jesa Marie CalaorShe also described how the interview went.
“I spent 32 minutes talking to Stefanie, many of them devoted their detailed answer to my question about Harajuku lovers. During that time, she said more than once that she was Japanese. BeckonThe (Asian and Latina) social media rep was also present at the interview and we had to question what we had heard. Maybe she made a mistake? Again and again? During our interview Stefanie claimed twice that she was Japanese, and once that she was “a little bit like an Orange County girl, a little bit like a Japanese girl, a little bit like an English girl”. Surely she didn’t mean it literally or didn’t know what she was saying? (A Stefani representative got in touch the next day and stated that I had misunderstood what Stefani was trying to convey. Beckon asked later Stefanie‘s team requested a logged comment or clarification of those remarks, and they declined to provide a statement or participate in a follow-up interview.)”
The author later pointed out: “Stefanie has often spoken about her deep love and appreciation for Japanese culture, but to Beckonto her knowledge, she has not publicly expressed outrage or made any statements of support during this cycle of anti-AAPI hatred. (Their representatives did not respond Beckon‘s inquiries on this point.)”
The story has since gone viral on social media, with people reconsidering Gwen StefaniComments by . See some of the reactions inside.
Find out what she previously said about “Harajuku Girls”…
https://www.justjared.com/2023/01/10/gwen-stefani-goes-viral-my-god-im-japanese-quotes-about-identity-cultural-appropriation/ Gwen Stefani Goes Viral With “My God I’m Japanese” Quotes About Identity And Cultural Appropriation