Hi, I just want to say beforehand that in no way am I trying to oppose your blog, I’m asking questions because I myself want to educate myself on these things, and this is purely me trying to understand. I apologize if I say anything offensive in this ask.
1. I saw that you described Zayn Malik…
This right here? This is exactly what’s wrong with Tumblr social justice in a nutshell.
Now, I’ll admit I don’t know the history. It’s possible the mods did the link-to-Google thing because they had reason to believe the questions were being asked in bad faith. And if that’s the case, well, the way they choose to deal with trolls is their business.
However. If someone politely and in good faith asks a specific, detailed question about a matter of opinion, and your reaction is to get snotty and link to search engines … I’m going to assume you don’t know the answer, because there isn’t one, because there is literally no reason it’s offensive for Zayn Malik — or anyone else — to have a yin-yang tattoo. (And yes, I know what “cultural appropriation” means. Hint: It is not anytime somebody uses symbolism associated with another culture. If we want the term to mean anything, the “appropriation” has to include some trivialization of or attempt to negatively portray the original culture. A yin-yang or Chinese character tattoo may be kind of dumb on a non-Chinese person, but that’s the worst that can be said of it.)