Judging by the YouTube comments, a den of villainy if ever there was one, there are two gut reactions to this slam poetry piece by Kai Davis and Safiya Washington from last year’s Brave New Voices poetry competition. You either love it or you loathe it. I try to look at it as a piece that can spark deeper discussion.
Though it’s pretty harsh, I do think there are many valid points. And I don’t think these things are just hipster problems. I totally fell for the KONY 2012 thing. It perpetuated a dangerously imperialistic view of Africa, that it’s a continent that needs saving from itself and that only the Western world has the power to do so. And I totally bought in to that shit.
I suppose if you were to put a silver lining on this, the message is to just be yourself. The implication is that hipsterism is a fake, douchey suit that you put on to appear cool when really, you have no idea what you’re doing. Could this be equated to the whole fake geek girl phenomenon? Or is it completely different since we’re talking about race and ethnicity and class?
I realize discussions of this nature can get pretty heated, so please keep it civil. No personal insults. I don’t moderate the comments here too heavily, but if I see commenters going after each other, I’m deleting that shit.