You know what that means: time for another rousing game of Cultural Appropriation Bingo!
If you’re a frequenter of this site, then you remember Maty Soul. She’s the French “soul”
warbler singer who gave us the unbelievably stereotypical, wholly confusing song and video “Herbal Tea.” And if you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably gotten Maty Soul’d a time or two (that’s where I promise scantily clad pictures of myself, then link to Maty’s video), and i’ll apologize for that, but I won’t mean it because it gives me such joy.
Anyway, for better or worse, we FINALLY have another full Maty Soul video! It’s called “In My Village,” and if you’re rolling your eyes already, congratulations! Your Bullshit Detector is working perfectly.
In this video, Maty has decided that it’s not enough for her to sit singing Lauryn Hill songs in a subway swaddled in the colors of the Pan-African flag. She goes directly to an ethnic ass village and claims it as her own. Colonialism got soul.
Let’s play game of “spot the stereotypes” as a class again, shall we? I’ll start us off with a few:
- Kangol + Rasta colored neo-soul scarf = totally conscious, dude!
- Black people on the corner with a boom box. Of course.
- SHE’S IN FUCKING AFRICA OR SOMETHING.
(And in case you’re wondering, she’s still drinking that herbal tea.)