Rapper Lil Uzi Vert may be excited to have an implanted pink diamond adorn his forehead, but not everyone shares the same feeling.
While many view the body modification as an expensive affair, others have insinuated that the rapper is trying to usurp Asian cultures, especially Hindu cultures.
Questions about appropriation followed when the 26-year-old tweeted (and later deleted) “I’m just an average dude” along with screenshots from the 1988 Indian television series “Mahabharat”. Each of the photos featured the show’s characters too. see those symbols or drawn jewels adorned in the same place as Uzi’s pink diamond.
The photos sparked a heated debate among people on Twitter who each offered their own version of Uzi’s diamond and possibly compared themselves to ‘Mahabharat’ characters.
‘Where do all people say cultural appropriation? I think it doesn’t matter when it’s Asian cultures. “
Make sanatan dharma an accessory? He literally mocks my culture, ”one person tweeted in response. She further explained that Uzi’s diamond has been placed on his “third eye”, which is revered for Hindu gods.
“I think the” third eye piercing “is dope, but posting pictures of Indian people with tilak doesn’t prove what you mean and is just a misrepresentation of the culture / religion.”
The rapper responded to those who accused him of cultural appropriation by tweeting and removing that he was mimicking a particular culture or person.
The rapper reportedly spent $ 24 million on the diamond. A spokesman for New York-based jeweler Eliantte & Co. said he made a series of payments over the span of three years.
“Everything started in 2017. Once he saw the stone, he really fell in love with it and said he would think about what he wanted to do with it,” Simon Babaev said. The rolling stoneAt the time, Babaev said no one thought Uzi would continue implant the diamond in his forehead.
“We didn’t think he was serious, but when he started paying for the specific stone, he made it clear he was taking it very seriously.”