Many dismiss 'cultural appropriation' as a fad dreamt up by students to police a currently fashionable morality. Yet from William Blake to Elvis Presley, Shakespeare to Wes Anderson, white artists have profited from a pick-n-mix approach to the art of other cultures, leaving little room at the top for authentic voices. Is it time for cynics to accept 'cultural appropriation' as a form of post-colonial plunder? Or is the insistence on experience a denial of imagination and creativity essential to a vibrant culture?
Author of There's No Such Thing as Free Speech Stanley Fish, writer and commentator Yassmin Abdel-Magied and writer and MsAfropolitan founder Minna Salami ask which voices should tell which stories.