Omfg Melody, I love you for pointing it out. If you ask me, she also does look pretty tanned. From all we know she could be multiracial. And what does it matter if a white girl wears a bindi? I think it looks pretty on her.
Because the brown people who invented bindi and wear it to express their culture are murdered, raped, denied jobs, spit on, attacked, ridiculed, etc. for it. Meanwhile, white women who wear bindi stripped of its cultural significance are hailed as “trendy” and even said to “wear it better”.
Like, look up the term “cultural appropriation” if you have time. Just because non-white jewelry looks good on white people (and that’s a rather subjective matter) doesn’t mean they should wear it.
As far as representation is concerned, I do hope you understand how off it is when a story refuses to include characters not up to Eurocentric standards but for a tokenistic handful, but does eagerly includes the inventions of the people left out.
the fact that someone could have no idea why it would be a ‘big deal’ for a non indian person to wear something important to their heritage says EVERYTHING I’ll ever need to know about you. This isn’t the 90s & Gwen Stefani - everyone should know definitely know better by now.
It’s funny, I just saw a discussion about race and cultural appropriation. It sounds like you guys have no idea that cultures can have similar things without ever having to mix. (As a kid I wore “hindis”. Gems on my third eye area. Yep. Then I saw that hindis were a thing and liked it even more.)
Besides, this is almost as bad as twerking and wearing a kimono being “cultural appropriation”.