This is true, but again not all consequences are reasonable or well thought out. And some are more divisive. Being respectful and sensitive is one thing. I think that makes sense and most people understand what that entails. But cultural appropriation is a much bigger concept that makes it very hard to cross cultural lines and play with ideas from other cultures. Now I get there are strong arguments in its favor. I think most of us have seen the pro and con bullets of each side at this point. At the end of the day for me though, I think it is too dangerous to empathy, cultural exchange, art and free expression. And I don't know that fretting over cultural appropriation really solves anything in the end either. Just on a personal creative level, I found as concern about cultural appropriation increase I found myself a lot less comfortable as a designer (and not in a good way).But like any form of expression, freedom to express yourself does not free you from the consequences thereof. In this context, we’re talking about criticism, maybe protests and boycotts. Not death threats.
What I would say is creative people should obviously not try to be offensive to anyone and should be sensitive to cultural issues (provided they are reasonable). But I think they should be free to explore ideas from cultures outside their own, in ways that they want otherwise. And I think audiences and consumers should be somewhat charitable in their assessment. We shouldn't limit ourselves to working only with cultures in our creative efforts that match our background and skin tone. That seems like very dangerous territory to me. I know in my own experience, the only way I've learned more about other cultures is through experiencing their different elements directly.
I also think there is this notion in this debate that the best way to handle other cultures is to bring them in 100% accurately, with a perspective grounded in the culture you are borrowing from. But some of the most delightful movies and books are a product of people misunderstanding the culture they are handling. It creates something new and interesting (and this is something I see in my own culture but also from cultures borrowing from my culture).
One major concern I have about the appropriation debate, is it is a lot easier for people with masters degrees and PhDs (and to a lesser extent BAs) to navigate. And I do think it makes it harder to be creative if you are not versed in liberal arts disciplines at a high level. So I think there is a class and elite issue that arises from it.