She is not the type of girl to hold back. On Wednesday Megyn Kelly, 52 wondered aloud if Gwen Stefani, 53, had “gone over the line” by telling Allure magazine that she is Japanese despite having no such ancestry.
The seasoned conservative commentator accused Allure Senior Editor Jesa Marie Calaor, who spoke with Stefani for the post, of sensationalizing Mrs. Blake Shelton’s statements on her SiriusXM show, calling Calaor a “very young reporter” and a “dumbass.”
Kelly compared Stefani’s statements to a transgender person coming out of the closet after claiming Calaor, an Asian American, should just “get over” being called racial insults. It would be “no problem” if Gwen Stefani came out as transgender the next day, Kelly said.
In other words, she has no trouble expressing herself. However, the staff at Allure has given her a collective “tsk-tsk” for the article “I am Japanese,” with many experts stepping in to say that she has once again engaged in cultural appropriation.
Kelly continued by saying that the dispute surrounding Stefani “is not a Hilaria Baldwin situation,” referring to the two-year-old Spanish heritage scandal involving Baldwin. There’s little doubt that Gwen Stefani never intended to hide the fact that she’s half Japanese.
Kelly interpreted what she said to mean, “In my soul, I connected with these people and their culture,” and praised the beauty of the culture. You idiotic Allure writer, that is a praise. The scenario is not analogous to that of Hilaria Baldwin, who falsely claimed to be Spanish but is actually from the United States.
In any case, I find it quite amusing. Stefani has been accused of cultural appropriation for a long time, and recently it has been said that she has borrowed elements of the Harajuku fashion scene from Tokyo’s hipster mecca, Harajuku.
According to Calaor, Stefani spent the majority of their 32-minute talk discussing the allegations made against her in her piece, “The Sweet Escape.” The author recalled that “she mentioned that she is Japanese on multiple occasions throughout that time.”
The daughter of an Italian American father and an Irish American mother, Stefani has told Allure that she considers herself “a little bit of an Orange County girl, a little bit of a Japanese girl, a little bit of an English girl.”
As one student put it, “[I]t should be OK to be influenced by other cultures because if we’re not permitted, then that’s dividing people, right?” she contemplated to Allure.
After the piece was published, Calaor said a representative for the “The Voice” judge phoned her and sought to explain that the journalist had misconstrued Stefani’s intentions. When Allure requested a statement, Stefani and her staff reportedly declined to comment on the record.
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