It is really annoying to watch some white people try to act ethnically brown, when they are not…and will never be.
Intention is everything here. I can understand there is a difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation but when the Pussy Cat Dolls show up in saris at some premiere, you have to ask yourself: what is the intention?
Pale women with Shiva tramp-stamps do not look good in saris, doing Bollywood dance moves or wearing bhindis—especially if they have freckles (like, really.)
For Indian women, this is part of their cultural heritage and identity, not some gimmicky hip trend to try out and pose around in until the next trend shows up.