What 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' Can Teach Us About Cultural Appropriation
Cultural appropriation happens all over the United States... all the time.
For those late to the game, cultural appropriation is when one cheaply imitates another culture's values and traditions.
But also the plot of Tim Burton's classic film The Nightmare Before Christmas might be an example of cultural appropriation too.
Halloweentown's pumpkin king Jack appropriates Christmas.
He does this from the people of Christmastown because he's infatuated with the holiday's aesthetic, but doesn't bother to get to know the people.
Just like Jenner and other white people cornrow their hair because they're infatuated with the aesthetic of black culture but doesn't advocate for black people's equality.
In a recent Tumblr post, users katrinageist and jumpingjacktrash said they use the film's plot to explain cultural appropriation to children. Here are points she makes to illustrate this: