Americans Fume Over Gwen Stefani’s ‘Cultural Appropriation’ While Japan Shrugs

Regardless of what her fans think, Gwen Stefani is proud to be a Japanese girl. The musician started a fresh conversation about cultural appropriation during an interview with Allure magazine.

Stefani told Allure that her father’s “stories of street performers cosplaying as Elvis and trendy women with brilliant hair” initially sparked her interest in Japanese culture.

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Stefani, an Italian American, told the publication that after traveling to Japan as an adult, she developed a “super fan” status for the country’s culture.”I said, ‘My God, I’m Japanese and I didn’t know it, she continued a little bit of an Orange County girl, a little bit of a Japanese girl, a little bit of an English girl.”