Cutting most of this, because this is just getting endlessly circular.I can see that response, just not as the only reasonable one, and not as a default one someone should feel entitled to expect.
Out of curiosity, as an objective third party to the hypothetical would you consider the request self-centered and/or entitled?
No, I would not judge them as entitled for asking to switch to a different song. Or self-centered.
I would in fact just simply come to a radical conclusion. They don't like the song, and asked for it to be changed. That's it. And it isn't an unreasonable request. They haven't whined or cried or thrown things or acting in any manner I would find objectionable. They asked that we skip a song they don't like.
What am I supposed to get outraged over? That they expressed an opinion? That they felt I valued their tastes enough to assume I wouldn't pitch a fit over them making a small request? They didn't even ask to change the genre or to put on a specific song. They just didn't want to listen to this one song. And man, I have songs like that. I have songs I really dislike. I just think they are bad songs, boring repetitive, sometimes childish. I'd ask to not be forced to listen to them, because they annoy me.
See, I can agree with you to a degree, except that I don't think we are gagging anyone. Hiring consultants is literally just for doing proper research.As I’ve written before, I’m all for disclaimers etc.
But when people actually argue for cultural isolation and segregation, with cultural consultant ”diplomats” being the judges of what cultural material - and in what form - are allowed to cross cultural borders, that makes me really scared.
It is the same rethorics that the alt-right parties here in Europe use, and I can’t understand how one at the same time can argue for anti-racism and cultural insulation with tight gatekeeping. In my opinion, a multicultural society, with free and open cultural cross-fertilization, is necessary to crush opressing structures, including structural racism, and create understanding between groups of people.
As for the four points to identify cultural appropriation from many pages ago, they would essentialy put a stop to all artistical endevours. The core of artistic work is the creative expression out of the artists total sensorial input over time. Today with streaming and social media, and (during non-Corona times) global travelling, it’s impossible to not get inspiration from many cultural expressions, and even more impossible to make a meticulous examination of every possible trace of cultural appropriation as from the four-point guide.
Under global capitalism, I can’t really ser how it even would be possible - or wanted - to regulate that.
Now, there are flagrant culturally expressed problems that reproduce and reinforce the bad situation for oppressed people. But in my opinion thats a material and political problem to solve, by both legislation, education and adequate funding for emancipatory purposes. The solution can never be to gag writers, musicians, painters, sculptors or poets. Or rpg makers.
Speaking of artists got me thinking, are you aware of the "Brokeback pose"? It is a style of drawing women in particular so that you can see both their breasts and the butt at the same time. It is named for the fact that if someone actually stood in that position, they would shatter their own spine.
How much are we "gagging" artists by recognizing that drawing a woman in that pose is sexualizing her, usually unnecessarily. For example, in the google images I pulled up to make sure I had the correct term, there was a woman drawing a sword. The intent was likely that she was drawing the sword and spinning to attack someone off panel, but the angle is so egregious all I can wonder is if they artist understands how spines work. And if we changed the art to be, more anatomically correct what are we losing? The chance to stare at her butt and breasts at the same time? A mean, sexy lady drawing a sword and fighting doesn't require that I am able to see her front and back simultaneously.
And, I think that is the same level of thing we are talking about with the Oriental Adventures. You can still make Fantasy China. You can make Fantasy China and be a western game developer. But, if you are a western game developer making fantasy china, do your homework, making collaborate with some chinese game writers just to make sure you aren't doing something obnoxious.
And, while I am American and thus not sure about the Euro-Alt-right. One thing I've noticed about the Alt-right is that they are typically more concerned with protecting their own culture. I don't think I have ever heard an American Alt-right position of keeping immigrants out of the country to perserve the immigrants culture. It is always to perserve American Culture. And to me, that is an important difference. Even if we have to be cautious about going too far.