In her keynote address to the Brisbane Writer's festival, US author Lionel Shriver (best known for We Need To Talk About Kevin), caused members of the audience to walk out by addressing cultural appropriation and identity politics in, what some have said, a very tone deaf manner.
Shriver asserted in her speech that “Being Asian is not an identity. Being gay is not an identity. Being deaf, blind, or wheelchair-bound is not an identity, nor is being economically deprived.” and alluded to her wish that cultural appropriation is just a fad. Smug, Shriver donned a Sombrero and declared herself a supporter of a group of American college students whom were criticised for wearing the hat to a Mexican themed party.
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