Hardware manufacturers, software developers, and publishers from the video game industry have just presented their new and upcoming products at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018 (E3 2018). Trying to stand out from the crowd, Sony has featured a musician while revealing one of its PlayStation games. The performance, however, was called out as ‘blatant cultural appropriation.’
“Can someone at @sony please explain why you chose NOT to hire a Japanese performer to wear traditional Japanese wardrobe for a Japanese game,” Dani Jo tweeted. Rushing to aid the gadget giant, a native Japanese Twitter user has decided to respond. They explained why hiring this American to play the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute, wasn’t a mistake, and it made Dani realize she made a mistake. In fact, she got so embarrassed, she even deleted her Twitter account. Continue scrolling to check out how everything unfolded and share your thoughts in the comments.
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A woman has once again directed Twitter’s attention to cultural appropriation
And some people agreed with her completely
But one native Japanese user did not
At first, Dani blocked those who opposed her. Not long after, she deleted her Twitter account altogether
Many have shared their own opinions
But what do you think?