27 Jun Cultural Appropriation: Kim Kardashian is in Hot Water for New Productlines ‘Kimono’
kim kardashian is in hot water again for an alleged Cultural Appropriation- this time it’s about acquiring the Trademarks to the name KIMONO.
Recall that the reality star who will soon become a lawyer recently announced the release of her new product line named #kimono a popular name for Japanese ceremonial cultural wear.
The new venture has been granted trademark status for several marks ranging from “Kimono” to “Solutionwear” to sell a huge range of products from shapewear and whips to ACTUAL kimonos. A glance at the trademark records also offers teasers for potential dog carriers and cosmetics spinoffs.
With this trademark granted, Kim can ban Japanese companies from using the word Kimono in the states.
As expected, the backlash has been fast and furious with the popular @diet_prada putting up a post reiterating the Kardashian’s notoriety for appropriation- going further to blame the US Patent& Trademark office. “Of course, traditional Japanese kimono are generally reserved for ceremonial/celebratory use and are often passed down from generation to generation, underscoring Kim’s “culture vulture” reputation even further. But what does a trademark for the name of well-known Japanese garment being granted to a westerner say about the US Patent & Trademark Office? Maybe Kim’s law studies are proving to be fruitful…” Diet Prada wrote.
WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK OF THIS CONTROVERSY? IF A WESTERNER TRADEMARKS popularly used tradional names for products such as – ANKARA, ASO OKE, JOLLOF RICE, ASOEBI etc ARE WE GOING TO GO TO WAR?
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