Ponderance

(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Thursday, August 21, 2003
A Right Royal Pain


The Guardian (UK) reports:
With a sense of cultural understanding worthy of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Harry - due to spend his gap year in Australia later this year - has offended Aboriginal people before he has set foot in the country. Some of Australia's best-known Aboriginal artists have recently become aware of the prince's paintings of lizard motifs and claim he has stolen their culture. That the artworks have been valued at ?15,000 each has compounded the insult to poor desert communities.
While others debate the whether the cultural appropriation was, in fact, illegal, how can any member of the British Royal family actually be that insensitive to cultural issues that they can't, at the very least, understand how offensive they've been?

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