Top American designer Marc Jacobs spoke at Oxford University and said that the culture of political correctness is killing creativity.
At a fashion show last year, he found himself the target of social justice warriors when he used mostly white models with technicolor dreadlocks. As you can probably guess, he was accused of cultural appropriation for not using black models if he was going to use dreadlocks. However, he said, he was taking his inspiration for the styling from everything from rave culture to Boy George.
"I didn't feel like I was doing anything wrong," he said, "I was expressing myself. These were my references and my reasons for being inspired to do it." He says that people made assumptions and caused an uproar. "I wasn't saying that this was the origin of dreadlocks, and yet it caused this whole thing."
The 54 year-old Jacobs told the Oxford students that these rules are "border control" making it impossible to be creative. "You can't use this, you can't look at that, you can't borrow from that, you can't be inspired by that," he said "You know, 'stay in your own lane.' I don't really understand that mentality and I think it's a very dangerous way of thinking."
Political correctness and so-called cultural appropriation are stifling creative endeavors around the world, with artists constantly on eggshells. The mob can suddenly turn on anything and decide its offensive. Even Dr. Seuss is racist now, apparently.
This subversive culture of teaching everyone to be offended by everything is largely hatching itself in universities, here in America and abroad. It's good to see an artist standing up to it -- in a world-renowned university, no less. Let's hope we see a lot more of this.