(on Corwin making Utena a Water Tribe betrothal necklace)
>>>It seems a bit... I dunno. Cultural appropriation is usually something
>>>that is not cool.
>>Is is appropriation when one of them gave it to you? When you have a
>>genuine affection for the South Pole, its people, its cuisine, and so
>>forth? When you've made the Water Tribe's most famous daughter your
>>own daughter's godmother, and, oh yes, she's also your own? I
>>dunno. It seems more like respectful admiration to me.
>I was way more preachy about that than I should have been, wasn't I?
But, in looking through the logfiles from the movement's construction, I was reminded of a related thing that I did find a bit dismaying. It's not actually about "cultural appropriation" (which I still don't think this is; if anything, it's "cultural accepting-as-a-nice-thing-to-do"), but it is about Sending the Wrong Message.
See, I initially intended Corwin's reply to Korra's question about whether he'd started on Utena's necklace to be yes. In fact, it had occurred to me that it would be a nice thing if he made something at-least-internally-to-the-organization official with Anthy before their daughter was born, so he was going to round up (probably with Korra's help) another set of the materials the next day, then get them both done, possibly with a Christmas 2404-style all-nighter, to be presented the day after that - because he could hardly see clear to propose to Anthy if he hadn't finished Utena's first, having already married her - there's doing stuff in the wrong order and then there's just bollixing the timetable up completely. Or that's how he figures it, anyway. He's makin' this stuff up as he goes along.
Except... doing it that way, rounding up the materials on Tuesday and pulling an all-nighter, would mean that he'd be doing all of that - proposing to Anthy and sorta-retroactively to Utena too - on Wednesday, which is their own anniversary. Which, well. What message does that send, exactly? It seems a bit... "Hey, happy anniversary, you crazy kids, and by the way, YOU BOTH BELONG TO ME." He wouldn't mean it that way - hell, they wouldn't take it that way! - but it's... there.
Now, whether Corwin actually had that train of thought (less the part about knowing Wednesday was his absolute deadline, obviously) and decided to take his time with the project instead, I'm not sure, but at least one of us recognized that it would be potentially awkward timing. :)
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