In addition to fake mustaches, wearing sombreros on Cinco de Mayo is also patently “offensive.” I didn’t realize that Mexico held the cultural patent rights to mustaches & sombreros. There was a time when everybody would have shown up wearing fake mustaches, just to stick it to them. I miss that America.
A high-level administrator at the University of Denver issued a stern warning on Thursday advising all 12,000 students not to wear fake mustaches on Cinco de Mayo.
The school official, Liliana Rodriguez, instructed students in a campus-wide email that wearing fake mustaches on Cinco de Mayo is “dehumanizing” to Hispanic culture and its traditions, reports Campus Reform.
“As we celebrate, some of us may — unintentionally I would hope — choose activities that ‘appropriate’ specific cultures,” Rodriguez, whose title is vice chancellor of campus life and inclusive excellence, lectured.
“To be clear, cultural appropriation is when people adopt or use aspects of a culture when they are not members of that culture. This is a controversial thing,” Rodriguez also wrote.
“No, it is not illegal, nor is it a violation of some specific university policy. But it is disrespectful. It is an extension of racism. It is dehumanizing and insulting to many. It is not kind,” she contends. “To see sombreros, fake mustaches, or other exploitive symbols against my heritage culture is offensive.
“As an ally, I also am offended by all the variety of ways that other cultures are appropriated throughout the year—for Halloween and other themed parties,” she adds, asking, “Must someone’s heritage be disrespected for others’ entertainment?” More