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Our faves may be problematic, but here’s why I’m standing by mine

Last week, British band Coldplay courted controversy with the video for their latest single, ‘Hymn for the Weekend’. Shot in India, the clip shows the band performing on the streets, backdropped by dancing Indians, the colourful paint splashes of Holi, religious iconography and a beautiful Bollywood actress, played by the very un-Indian Beyoncé.

Immediately they were slammed with accusations of cultural appropriation, and rightfully so – exoticising a nation in a gross Eat Pray Love-esque, white-people-finding-themselves-in-brown-people-places move, is a tasteless, lazy and one-dimensional representation of a diverse culture.

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