Wearing a Headdress Is Not Racist (and Cultural Appropriation Is Dumb)

Wearing a Headdress Is Not Racist (and Cultural Appropriation Is Dumb)


without his eyes look like hello friends my name is richie from social awareness I’m sorry you can see my eyes today because I ripped one of my school air lenses and giving them reordered you gotta deal with this for a little bit but today I want to talk about a super fun interesting controversial topic that i have been involved in for pretty much years now and I’m talking about cultural appropriation and more specifically the hat on my head no no they were bonded or headdress now as many of you know I’ve caught my fair share of flak wearing this headdress i decided to put it on give or take about a little over two years but two years ago let’s just say two years ago and there was a sizable uproar in the pcs JW community for me choosing to wear such an outfit Danny inches at reasonable application and I’m right now granted I didn’t have much for following them a lot of people did not watch my videos they had no idea who I was or what I was doing I was just weirdo alternative guy wearing a headdress and that’s fine so to combat this mild hate against that community that occasionally popped up because i would get post along blogs or whatever i made a video the one and only video that I’ve ever made talking specifically about my headdress and cultural appropriation the occasional person coming in tank hey did you know that’s offensive and i am offended and dad I addressed all the points that I saw necessary to the dress and what’s interesting to me about all of this is that the video was originally received a fairly positively mean obviously you know some people were so angry but over time the dislike like ratio fluctuated from about eighty twenty percent to who have a 50-50 a lot of people got a hold of it and disliked it because cultural appropriation was an incredibly hot topic and I just still kind of is but the interest has waned and I want to talk about why i think that is why cultural appropriation is dumb at its core and why I’m continuing towards the bedroom to this day so cultural appropriation I believe it became relevant as a subject of controversy when the SJW PC culture kind of took it hold on Western society I guess which was about I would say about five years ago maybe around 2010-2011 and people of non-native American descent or more specifically white people were being targeted for wearing native american war bonnet at a popular music festival called coachella so there’s lots of outrage an uproar because of this topic so eventually Coachella is forced to respond and decided to ban the wearing of headdresses which in turn validated the pc in shw movements concerns on the garment and coincidentally just just coincidentally i started wearing my headdress around that time and like early 2014 maybe a couple years after all that happened but people were still mad about it so I ral I hate for it and batten that that was just a ton of fun but i noticed as the years rolled by now it is 2017 released the time you’re viewing this video and people don’t take cultural appropriation as seriously as they did and i think the tipping point was around 2016 when justin bieber and all these people started growing dreads and that whole argument on how white people now can’t wear dress because it’s considered cultural appropriation of black culture and what I gauge from this at the time the general consensus here was that that stupid and ridiculous and PC culture went too far and it had to be stopped so after all that happened I thought significant drop in animosity towards what would I wear but there is still occasionally some hate and i noticed after rewatching my old video on why wearing headdresses ok there are some point I didn’t touch down on and I feel like I have more experience now on why I think this is okay why I don’t think it’s racist and why that’s ridiculous now all the points in my previous video still stand the shape of my headdress how it’s not traditional and therefore it can’t be considered a sacred objects but i want to address some points I see in the comments way too frequently in regards to race and cultural appropriation as a whole even if this was a traditional headdress I still believe a lot of the arguments are invalid and quite frankly just just silly so let’s start off with the definition of cultural appropriation it says cultural appropriation is the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of another culture and while this definition holds no bias meaning cultural appropriation can be considered a positive thing of one culture borrowing from another culture because they’re interested in it it’s mostly been received as a negative thing and cultures of dominance stealing from minority cultures now the first and main argument that i see in the comment sections and on the internet against cultural appropriation and the use of the headdress is systemic racism and social context now what essentially that means is that if I’m white and my ancestors did heinous thing that’s like slavery and genocide or any of those awful crimes against humanity i am also to blame for that even though I grew up in a western free nation LA without those corrupt an awful ideal i think it’s important that we judge people on the individual merit and personal experience as opposed to affecting their genealogy to figure out what they can and can’t wear because it belongs to a different culture that wasn’t originally there and if you want to get real crazy with this and just go really deep into human genealogy there are a lot of really good theories that humans actually all originated from africa and migrated the earth and our skin pigmentation is just evolution and us adapting as an organism to what part of the earth we originated from and i think the ancestor argument is ultimately just a plea of resentment against other cultures that have maybe wrong the specific culture in the past so it’s not valid ok moving on another comment i see is oh you’re just a privileged this white boy who couldn’t understand well firstly you have no idea where I’m from you don’t know anything about my income status for my family’s past woes and you’re also facing my ability to be read Hannibal and logical on my skin color which is a shadow it’s kinda racist itself so there’s that also who says white people is a singular race now I get it Europe is very white but then again there slovak there’s Russian there’s even bits of australia i know that the continent but they’re also very white down under and plenty of other places i’m sure that I i just don’t have on the top of my head so if a random person decides to seduce me or generalized me as a privileged white boy and that says to me a lot about how intelligent their argument is going to be now another thing i want to talk about this mean getting thrown around all over the place is here all the time pretty much condemning white people for the genocide of native american back in the time of American and pieria limo that never quite could stop time talking about the really early days in the United States when they’re only thirteen states and the western frontier and a lot of really awful stuff happened between the United States and the indigenous Native American population which was essentially started out in a very short period of time and a lot of people show me this mean because they’re like hey you’re white and you’re wearing a headdress so that makes you a stupid racist condoning the genocide of these people and this is always the interesting sentiment i got from this so here’s my heritage even though i said this was done to dissect genealogy heritage but as far as i know i am mainly Irish and French with a little bit of German sprinkled in there which would explain my last name and after some digging I found out that my great grandparents actually emigrated from France in the early nineteen hundreds which would make them have nothing to do with the imperialism but I I’m white right so that that that means then that means I’m awful i don’t even further back in history if you look hard enough the French up north in Canada which is now kind of Quebec now we’re actually allied with a lot of the Native American tribes such as the Sioux and the Navajo and they fought against the Western imperialists which were the United States at the time so technically if you want to play the ancestry game of the French did in fact help the Native Americans so whenever I see this meme linked to me at i get a good chuckle out of it also another thing that i noticed those a bit problematic was from my Irish roots now we all know you don’t get much whiter than Irish spoke that’s that that’s probably where I get my complexion but guess what holiday of in a couple weeks that’s right saint patrick day and I guarantee you there’s gonna be a whole lot of cultural appropriation going on i’m talking slutty costumes and endless amount of drinking because that’s all the Irish know how to do right but nobody is going to cause an uproar about that even though the Irish were heavily persecuted in united states history but no one’s going to give a shit because of their their skin complexion that the skin pigmentation which is very white and if that isn’t a blaring double standard when I don’t know what is another point that is commonly thrown at me is but Richie you don’t understand the historical significance of the headdress so therefore you can’t wear one hey here’s another quick example did you know that Christmas was actually originally a pagan holiday hijacked by the Christians that’s spiritual appropriation and these are the same people in the same breath will say I’m just a stupid white boy doesn’t know what he’s talking about but then cry about the context and historical significance of the headdress you you can’t have both man I’ve heard some definitions and people say the cultural appropriation is deemed inoffensive when you get permission from said culture last time I checked each culture isn’t run by one singular person or mon our culture is essentially just a set of practices it isn’t finite mean that it can actually be shared among the limitless number of people without the original practitioners oozing out on anything and concerning permission as i mentioned before it’s not possible to obtain authorization from a culture cultures are made up of individuals with different opinions and what may be acceptable to one person may not be acceptable to another culture is formed from a collective of ideas and groups of people that have different opinions and what I’ve noticed among the Native American groups or at least the people that are legitimately Native Americans on reservations people I’ve spoken to over the years even there aight are split on this topic i received plenty of emails from people that can prove they live on a legitimate Native American reservation who said they had absolutely no problem with me wearing a headdress and then I’d other people and outrage and here’s the thing culture is fluid culture is like art which ultimately can’t be curated can’t be bound and can’t be limited by a subjective few alright i feel like i’ve been rambling a little too long in this video but i want to leave you with this quote from the infamous I dubs it’s either all ok or none of its ok this quote applies too much more than just words and i urge you to always questioned everything and never rebound by the sensitive you okay so it’s sad but not to set and i’ll see you in the next video why

100 thoughts on “Wearing a Headdress Is Not Racist (and Cultural Appropriation Is Dumb)

  1. As a Native American, it isn't offensive. You aren't even using the correct colors. This shit is just stupid.

  2. Hey there! I know this is an old video, but a bit about me as well that would sum up the validity of this video and "cultural appropriation". First, I say to you as who I am, rock that shit!

    Exactly who I am; long story short (or as short as possible), I'm black (My dad), white (My mom), and native american (Both, two different tribes). Throughout my life, I was told and given the impression that I'm too much of one of them to "officially" be the other 2. I couldn't use the "n word" without being ridiculed or prove my "blackness", I wasn't "enough" to be a part of a tribe of any sort, and I was "my blood was dirty". I found interesting that the "n word" was meant as a cognitive appraisal therapy to teach others what the black community went through and goes through against racist people. But my apparent right to not be able to say it kinda kills its context, finding this out in high-school however, I got people demanding that I start using it or that they will just dismiss me as a human being to protect the context of the "n word". I went thought this same issue when I was interested with headdresses. I couldn't even do anything that was inspired by a headdress but looks nothing like it due to that same exact "sacred" context; all of this "context" is what Cultural Appropriation is. The whole thing is a contradiction; meant as a way to "fight fire with fire" figuratively speaking, but said method is meant literally to stop an incoming forest fire from spreading by using up the fuel it is about to spread to. Better to use water or sand anyways. But what it's really doing is being a crazed pyromaniac, setting fires everywhere that won't go out unless the entire area is burned down and ignorantly believing something is getting done from this. It's a Rainbow of Repression (awkward choice of words, I know) that is counterproductive against anything "cognitive appraisal" directed.

    Headdress meaning too if your interested in it which was something I learned from their history. It's more over a "badge of honor" to anyone in a tribe that has done their tribe well, ergo defending from invasions, gave food to everyone in the tribe during a food shortage, gained a breakthrough of wisdom that would help the tribe and the land. Stuff like that. But not a single headdress looks like yours though, so your not necessarily "mocking" or "offending" anyone, they are just power tripping. Next time, just say your a Heyoka…hopefully they will know what that is! XD

  3. As a native American I think this shit is racist because fuck man what else do we have from our culture do peoole recognize but nah you can wear it all you want and forget it's actually meaning. This is just disrespect

  4. Lmao, goodnight to all of you who claim you're Native American and "don't find this offensive." Specifically to those who claim they're Native American who are also fans of this person and purposing choosing to overlook his faults. If you don't know why this is offensive it's most likely because you care more about sympathizing with a white man than trying to educate yourselves on the racism and oppression/colonialism that Europeans enforced onto Native Americans.

  5. For some reason white people are called racist all the time. This whole racist commentary is just stupid. Look around this day and age most of the world is free. I think head dresses should be used by any one. If I were a native I think it would be cool to see others enjoying my culture in some way or another.

  6. You're a garbage human. You walk around in public like that, which is your right, but you act shocked and chagrined when people stare at you – which is exactly what you want in the first place. You thrive on the attention. That's the sole purpose for everything you do, including this channel.

    You have no understanding of what white privilege is and all your arguments are disingenuous at best. You really make me sick.

    Take that headdress off your fucking head.

  7. I to Native American I am also Irish and English but it look more Native American it is okay to wear that type of headdress there are people that come to powwows and they are not Native American and they join in and dance with everybody so you do you don't give a f*** what anybody says

  8. I haven't even watched the whole video but dafuq?! Bitches run around in tiaras and not a single one, at least in this country, is a princess XD I'm just.. Fucking ppl. Ignore the hate and keep that talent flowing.

  9. Native American here, don't listen to my tribe who are saying it's disrespectful. It's only disrespectful if you disrespect it you know?

    It looks better black.

  10. Congrats for the 1M subs, I know this vid is old af but… Why is people nowadays so offended by everything? The first time I saw your headdress I thought it looked great and I felt it was maybe like some kind of tribute to native americans, so… Is like being offended by black people (or white or rainbow, whaterever) dressing a kimono, I just don't get it =/

  11. you monster! im of Taino blood which are the people who are the only people columbus interacted with! your head dress has nothing to do with my native culture but do you know that you wearing that is a slap in the facece to my culture who never wore that head dress is racist? how dare you rock that stuff so fabulous! im so offended that you could posibly have actual native culture and not even know it, i will let you know you suck cause aparently i cant understand why you would love or respect other cultures outside "white" life and culture. im of native blood but i learned that we were not as peacful to eachother as much as we are historically viewed as peacful. i tottally wore green this year knowing im not irish and i dont look and my friends who are loved it!

  12. Just another colonist culture thief . Just like your colonist ancestors who stole our land and our culture.

  13. I am enrolled in the Colville confederated tribe this isn't racist anyone no matter what religion color or where you come from you can be whatever you want to be dress up however you want to be whoever you want to be its not racist if he's not saying anything bad about native americans im fine with that.

  14. yes, it's late, but here's my take:
    (and yes – i am a native american. navajo, if you must know-)
    i think the problem that people have is that headdresses are 'restricted' and 'limited' to those who have earned them. it's somewhat similar to making your own college degree; there's a few problems with that.

    however, what he's doing isn't terrible, of course, and it could be muuuchh worse. i'd like to point out one major flaw in his argument; where he states something along the lines of "just because my ancestors did this terrible thing doesn't mean that i did that/believe that" and then he goes on to say "well, ACTUALLY, my ancestors aided the native people," so be careful with your wording.
    and yea!!! thank you so so much for understanding there's not a "select few" who run the entirety of the native people. i- errughh. it's like one of your- and i'm not going to coat it nicely to satisfy others, because it's just what it is. it isn't supposed to be rude- anyway- one of your black friends can't give you 'permission' to use the n-word because there will be people who take offense to that. one cannot justify for all.
    it's the same way i feel for using the term savages… but we won't get into that.

    overall, i think that as long as he respects the native people and our heritage + beliefs, the mock headdress is okay for him to wear. he simply must remember he is not "one of us" and that he cannot seriously mock the native american culture.
    thank you.

  15. simply put I am not trying to talk to Richie. I know he uses this for views and just wants a response. I do know though, that a lot of uninformed people come into his comment section defending him, so maybe someone will see this and do some of their own damn research rather than just listening to a random white guy who doesn't even seem to know the history of the cultures he comes from???

    I am 1/2 Irish then the other half of my family is mostly Native with some Norse mixed in, so I can talk on both of your main topics with complete background as well.

    St. Patrick's day was originally to celebrate Catholicism coming to Ireland and it changed over time to become what it is today.

    your headdress doesn't need to be the same as the historical ones because the reason we are offended is that it was used the same way as black face and yellow face and their headdresses weren't accurate either. they used them to otherize and demonize us, as well as to make us think we are inferior because of our culture.

    my tribe wasn't recognized by the government until 2001 and not given any land until 2014 I couldn't have lived on a reservation, yet my culture is still a huge part of my life, I go to monthly tribal meetings along with pow wows and classes for native art, so saying "I talked to real natives like from reservations" isn't exactly what you should be saying? a majority of the tribes who were displaced were never given land

    I had something else typed but it got deleted so this is a lot more crapily written but whatever. i hope people get my points and can find some shit out themselves.

  16. Are you serious? I'm half native american (Navajo and Hopi) and was raised so. But you seem to be ignoring the fucking fact that this isnt YOUR culture. You can WEAR jewlery and other things like small clothing items that you find attractive or like…. But War Bonnet's are extremely religious that only warriors and chiefs could wear, which by the way, some traditional Great Plain's natives still use to this day in traditional pow wows. You're not justified. Just because YOU THINK that it's okay. These freaking traditions are still alive today minus the freaking part with war. You're disgusting.BTW, i hate SJW's and hate affiliating myself with them. And culture appropriation is NEVER okay. Just because google says the definition of culture appropriation doesn't mean that it applies to you because that's just a VAGUE definition. Btw, it's not ok to wear it at coachella either. Why? because the outfits are never even accurate or reflect certain tribes and sexualize native american women. Fun fact, did you know Native American women are the most kidnapped and raped race in the USA? Shit… I wonder why….. I'm done with your bull. BTW Jaclyn was lucky you cheated on her.

  17. Fuck st. Patrick first off there's no snakes in ireland that's just fancy talk for Celts (which my all of my dad's side is) that st patrick essentially murdered so he could get higher up in the church's hierarchy.

  18. White people ENDED slavery – Native Americans were genocided by Spainards more so and they owned their own slaves and fought wars and rapped and killed children too
    White people Stopped more Genocides than any other race
    Black People had slavery and genocide – Rwanda/Zulus/Somalia – for starters
    Middle East had it too as did the Latin Americans and Aztecs and Myans had it
    Even Maoris in New Zealand Genocided The Moriori whom were saved by German Missionaries, Tahitians conquered Polynesians, Samoans and Tongans had Slaves

  19. so listen was he there when the war was going on was he in the war killing natives no do shut the fuck up and stop hating on him because he didn't do anything to that race.#stophating

  20. I know this is a year ago, but I'm hoping this year of 2018 and next year 2019, these SJW liberal shits don't fuck around and dictate how people dress and shit.
    Plus, I love how most of these people that say this is racist are just whiney white shits.

  21. I'd say, an actual headdress, that would actually be put on for the soldiers of honor should be called headdress
    while war bonnets would be the things that are multicolor and stuff

    so Richie is wearing a war bonnet, and that's ok
    but if it were an actual headdress, like badge of honor for soldiers, it's be a little odd

    but even then, it's kind of just some clothing, it's a representation of a person, it doesn't really matter

  22. Culture Apporution confuses. If you “steal” or borrow from Some Cultures it’s okay and if you do it from some cultures it’s not okay. People borrow from other cultures all the time and it has been done ✅ for years & years. So if a person wears a head dress it’s offensive and stealing from the cultures of Native Americans than why isn’t taking something such as fairytales and mythology and making one’s version of them even to fit their culture ( Which people do all the time) not offensive. I mean the Russians have their own version of Beauty & the Beast which is a French Fairytale. So was that offensive? Is the Russian Version of Beauty & The Beast offensive because it traditionally it is a French Fairytale. Does that qualify as stealing from the French culture?

  23. Nicki Minaj does it. If people wanna have an issue with you doing it they better have an issue with her. Doesnt matter that she is more famous.

  24. You are a weird alternative white dude wearing a head dress. your dollar store beads and feathers look like shit mate. Take that off, you dont care about its meaning. You dont even care to learn more about why it could be sacred.

  25. You are white, white, sprinkled with white.
    It doesnt matter where you are from, you dont even care about your own culture. Stop taking advantage of indigenous people culture.

  26. I used to subscribe but this really pisses me off as cultural appropriation is talking the talk but not walking the walk…let me explain..if u were a shaman and trying to study native culture to become leader of ur own tribe then by lo means wear ur headdress but just wearing a sacred ceremonial relic just for shits and giggles isn’t ok…that’s cultural appropriation at its finest.. it goes for any culture..period..white people need to really respect ethnic cultures, learn from said culture don’t just pick something up and run with it…drops mic

  27. I am indeed a Native American, wearing that is in fact stupid and please stop wearing that. People were killed by white men wearing real headdresses. I really want people to not wear this headdresses but since this isn’t a real headdress I guess it’s ok but I still hate it.

  28. It's a little fucked up to say that cultural appropriation is dumb because you wouldn't understand that our culture is dying with your emo gay ass

  29. You wearing that headdress is like me wearing a US military uniform because I think it looks cool, yeah I could do it but it's fucked up, and I tell you all the feathers I wear on my head I earned and if I ever see you in person I'll take those from you

  30. I’m Native American, and wearing a headdress isn’t racism, it doesn’t offend me. Also for the record even the sports logos aren’t offensive to me, I appreciate when another ppl embrace and celebrate my culture.

  31. Did you really compare Irish "persecution" to the genocide of the indigenous people of this country… Who make up something like 2% of the US population now. Ugh. And pinning the comment of someone saying they're a "native american" who isn't bothered by your costume, isn't a justification to your insensitivity, of not only your costume, but of the ignorant shit you said in this video.. To me, it almost kinda feels equivalent to someone saying "I'm not racist, I have a black friend".

    Anyway, all I was really planning on saying was, try looking at it from the POV of an indigenous person, where possibly in their culture, these head dresses have deeper, more sacred meanings and are only worn by those who have earned and are deserving of it… Then to see it worn as part of a costume by a goth looking, white guy, who is only wearing it because it looks cool, could feel like another spit in the face by yet another member of a race of entitled people, who have continued to show little to no concern for their people, their land and their culture, through out history.

    I know you want to keep wearing it, and so you'll probably keep being defensive about it, but next time you try justifying it, maybe tone down the ignorance.

  32. Both Cherokee and Choctaw nation of Oklahoma. Cultural sharing is important and while this is not really a Native War Bonnet, it's clearly at least influenced by Native culture and I'm ok with that.

  33. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie4m9LAVDGw Watch this video instead and consider donating to the youth program mentioned in the video. That is all I have to say.

  34. Hey, guys, a Native American says it's cool so, yeah…must be okay, then. He's got a Native American friend.

    God, I'm so glad your channel is finally dying.

  35. I personally like the headdress, especially the colour scheme; however, think of it this way: I'm what Native Americans call a "half-breed" (Chippewa, Nakota, Nordic, Celt) and have been kicked off six reservations in three states because of it; soooooo, the best way to see if Native Americans find it offensive is to wear your headdress on the standing rock reservation in SD, or wear it to your local pow wow and see if they respect it or not, they'll let you know either way pretty quick lol

  36. Basically he just talking about us being human beings which is true bc we are one whole species on earth part of the mammals

  37. I agree with this and no offense but I'm pretty sure the French were never allies with the Navajo or Diné because the navajo were in the southwest and the french never has settlements near Navajo it was probably Iroqouis (my ancestors on my moms side) that allied with them

  38. How am I just seeing this and the “it’s not offensive if I’m not doing it as a joke or offensively” is diminished when you chose to say that cultural appropriation is dumb because by saying that, you are not acknowledging the opinions of the very people you got the head dress from. White people continue to baffle me. How do you have no culture and then think you can put your two cents into cultural appropriation lmao bold.

  39. I want to know how are dreads just for the black culture? I really just want to know I just thought it was a weird hair style.

  40. racist man im native your stupid so shut your mouth and stop the racism im offended hello cultural appropriation!!!!!

  41. I really dislike him because he mocks and disrespects us Native Americans with the headdress. My tradition is not costume and to the Natives who don't mind this, you're not Native

  42. You’re just doing it to be edgy though, these headdresses have special meaning to Native Americans. They’re a spiritual thing.

  43. Your too ignorant to understand how bucked up what your doing is. You’ll get knocked out one day, then maybe you’ll see.

  44. as a Native, it IS OFFENSIVE. But pin the comments that you like lol. It ISNT OKAY. White people slaughtered Natives. You look stupid. Doogo ya bilagáana.

  45. You're a tool. This is dumb. It's absolutely disrespectful. Get bent poseur. You're not even marilyn Manson levels of poseur worthy. I hope Rozz Williams comes back from the dead to kick your ass.

  46. All form, no substance. You're not deep enough as a person to understand the meaningfulness of the headdress, because nothing has meaning to you. But there is even meaning in not having meaning, and you don't even understand that. Your channel is literally without meaning, there's no meaning to your videos, your performances, anything- you're all about style, the way something looks, the aesthetic value- but have no actual soul or backbone.

  47. It stinks that y’all didn’t cancel this clown way back when, when his white ass was calling cultural appropriation stupid.

  48. can white people just stay in their lane? how hard is it to just say “you know maybe wearing a fucking native american headress isn’t cool dude” and just leave it at that

  49. Is this shit even right like it looks like u just hot glues crow feathers…and wtf is the blue for what are u even doing go on the navajo nation and wear that I bet your gonna get hit with an arrow with a real arrow head and a real feathers bitch ur fucking racist…bitch omfg what is u fucking white people don't understand why can't u leave native american shit alone I hope u really get hit with and bow and arrow and I hope your sculp alive bitch and take off that lip stick bro

  50. As a Native American it isnt racist at all, it is just disrespectful because you didnt earn the headdress. It is not that you have to be Native American no you have to earn it. Just put it as this if you were wearing an army uniform and haven't serve that would make it disrespectful. So why where the headdress if you havnt earn it. I am YAVAPAI and I have never put on a headdress because of that particular reason. But yes it is the wrong feathers but still if it was an original headdress with eagle feathers than yes it would be disrespectful because as I said before it is DISRESPECTFUL to us as Native Americans.

  51. White people dressing like Indians isn't offensive. Carving into Mt. Rushmore was offensive. That mountain is considered sacred. The headdress itself has as much value as a judge's gavel or a Mayor's sash.

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