Of Coke and Culture Clash
I don’t know if you all caught the Coke commercial during the Superbowl that is that causing such a ridiculous fuss, but the controversy stems from a rendition of America The Beautiful in multiple languages from the mouths of people who were various shades of brown. Apparently there has been a “twit-storm” as I like to say, as people have texted in to Coke to let them know that American songs should be sung in English, because apparently that is our national language or something (it is not). If you would like to alternately point and laugh, then feel enraged, you can read a sampling of the ascerbic word from the interwebs here (most of which have terrible spelling and grammar because they are written by lazy native English speakers).
So in the spirit of inclusiveness to counteract the mindless drones I have created a gallery below of Steampunk images that reflect influences from different cultures and often feature non-traditional models. Though some Steampunk purists may feel that something cannot in fact be considered Steampunk without Victorian England as it background, there is a growing movement to include people and settings from around the world. I have a lot more information on this topic as well in my post “How to Punk Your Steam: Make it Multicultural.”
Click on any thumbnail for larger images.
I hadn’t heard about this particular fuss over nothing, but that’s a fantastic gallery of pictures, and I think it’s great when steampunk tries to go beyond its Eurocentric roots. It’s part of what makes Nemo such an intriguing figure in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – he raises the problems of colonialism and resistance that were as important to the Victorian age as all the top hats and steam engines.
Rargh, now I’m totally wound up! Will go vent it by writing a story about a steam powered samurai, or an Indian chief on a rocket horse, or… well, the possibilities are endless. Thanks for the visual inspiration!
February 5, 2014 at 2:42 am
Awesome! Glad to have inspired you even if it made you go “Rargh” 🙂
February 5, 2014 at 9:48 am
That’s a great collection of alternative Steampunk costumes. Awesome stuff.
February 5, 2014 at 3:01 am
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