Culture Vulture: Artists Accused of Cultural Misappropriation
The architect of the rock 'n' roll business, Elvis Presley, took the burgeoning genre and put it in films, large venues and music hubs around the world. But he didn't do it without some side-eye from the Black R&B community that birthed the music. He's even been rumored to have said, "The only thing Negroes can do for me is buy my records and shine my shoes."
That attitude persisted all the way to 2014, when Variety published an article titled, "Elvis Presley Invented Rock and Roll 60 Years Ago."
Needless to say, the publication was taken to task, especially online with the #VarietyHeadlines hastag (i.e., "Justin Timberlake Tells Variety He Taught Michael Jackson How to Moonwalk #VariteyHeadlines" and more hilarity). The publication soon changed its language to "Elvis Sparked..."
But Elvis and Variety aren't the first ones to so egregiously misplace credit. Read on for more stories of ravenous culture-vulture moments.