SpoilerTV - TV Spoilers

Grown-ish - Strictly 4 My... - Review: Cultural Appropriation



Grown-ish' most recent episode, "Strictly 4 My...", sparked a strong debate about cultural appropriation. It all started when Doug noticed that Vivek was "a little too comfortable" at Hawkins. From Vivek's constant use of black emojis and Gucci threads to his passion for hip-hop and more, everything about Vivek suddenly seemed to irritate Doug. But was he right?



I think in a way he was right, but not entirely. Borrowing from other cultures is - rightfully - often considered offensive, but I think what truly matters is the intention. For example some celebrities appropriate different cultures to reinvent their own style and take credit for it: they are aware of how disrespectful that is and just won't care. Many other people, though, don't even realize how inappropriate that is until they're called out on it, and that's Vivek's case.

By the end of the episode, we realize that it was Vivek's way to fit in in the only community that ever embraced him. Even Nomi realized that she was unwittingly appropriating Black culture, and she never noticed up to that moment because she spends most of the time with her black friends. I really like how this show keeps exploring current topics in a way that feels fresh and woke.



What surprised me was the lack of Zoey in this episode (we saw her in a couple of scenes while she helped a girl choose her prom dress). Honestly, after all the things that happened with Zoey recently, I think it was a good idea to pause her storyline and focus on the other characters. Did you enjoy this episode? Let me know in the comments!

Get Email Alerts


 
About The SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel

Every day 100's of items are submitted to us and we don't always have the time to make separate posts for the news and/or there is so much that it would quickly push all other items off the homepage.

So a result we've come up with the idea of the Newsreel, which will feature smaller shows and news items as they happen.

There will be a new Newsreel each day, and as news is added we will update the post and and push it back to the top of the site so that you can see that new items have been added. A tweet of the item will also be sent to our @SpoilerTV account.

New Items will be listed at the top of the article.

This will allow us to provide more news on more shows in a much more timely fashion
About Movie News Roundup

Rather that creating lots of new posts as new info is released and fragmenting the commentary, we thought it would be a good idea for the upcoming major movies to create a single post for each major movies that will collate all the info as it's posted.

New items will be added to the top of the list as well as the post being re-posted back to the top of the homepage when a new item is added. We will additionally send out a fresh tweet alerting you of the new information.

This will allow you to bookmark this page so that you can return to it whenever you like. It will also help consolidate all the discussion on this movie in a central place and make it less likely that you'll miss some key information.