None of that photoshoot had anything to do with any native cultures. It was a spread that was based on The Lord of the Flies. You certainly tried your hardest to get offended but I urge you to at least step back and view it from an open perspective before spouting more repeated social justice…
Check out the guy’s blog to see the photos mentioned.
Here’s the issue I have with this: when an artist unintentionally plagiarizes another work, regurgitates old ideas thinking he’s got something great, or re-invents something that already exists in that permutation, I’d like to think that he’d take the criticism, say “sorry, I didn’t know about that, now that I know I won’t do it anymore.” If doesn’t, he’s choosing to be a stroppy child over advancing his work. He’s choosing to plagiarize, be lazy and complacent.
But when people “accidentally” culturally appropriate elements in their art, there is no apology. There is no “sorry, I didn’t know about that, now that I know I won’t do it anymore.” And once again we have a stroppy, childish response to a legitimate critique of his art. He’s choosing to be lazy and complacent.
In addition to people having the right to defend against the use of their culture (or someone else’s culture, if they’re acting as an ally) as nothing but an prop or costume choice, saying that your work is guilty of cultural appropriation, using racial stereotypes, depicting sacred or significant objects out of the appropriately respectful context IS A LEGITIMATE ARTISTIC CRITICISM. Your ignorance is not a defence for your unintentional bigotry in your personal or creative life.
EDIT: People don’t try to get offended. And for all Burton’s earnest pleas to have people see things from his side, he doesn’t seem to have a lot of interest in doing the same.