From Mark Naida at Acculturated,
It only takes a few keystrokes to discover that Thornton did not actually write the song herself. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, two Jews from New York with a love for the new R&B sound, wrote the song and retained the rights to it. Elvis simply bought the right to record the song from the songwriters. And in the recording he nods to Thornton with his howling style, while adding his own upturned-lip swagger. Thornton was upset that Elvis made a lot of money from his recording, but as George Will noted in an essay about cultural appropriation for National Review, no cultural figure is entirely original. Elvis had to build off of the music that he loved, and that music just happened to be what people called “race music” in the 1950s. Thornton didn’t own the song, and Elvis loved her style so much that he tried to emulate it.
But that doesn’t satisfy some culture warriors. Just because he had the money to appropriate black culture doesn’t make it permissible, the argument goes. Everyday Feminism magazine argues, “A deeper understanding of cultural appropriation also refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.”More.
Reality check: The Social Justice Warrior does not want anyone having a good time anywhere. He wants everyone to be compelled to listen to his whines and tantrums, as the path of superior virtue. People who laugh this type of thing off are mistaken. Puritanical movements often do succeed because the SJW is more committed than you are. He has no life apart from running yours. And overthrowing him is much more difficult than shutting him down early.
See also: Progressive prof targets dogs and cats