I do not intend to invalidate the criticisms I've seen. I am simply commenting on some of the more common ones.
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    I understand complaints about Beyoncé playing a Bollywood actress. Her traditional Indian dance gestures were very forced, and her outfit, not accurate at all. She looked beautiful, but I didn't get it.
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    Note: In my opinion, wearing bindis, bangles, or other Indian attire is not cultural appropriation so long as it is done with respect and acknowledgement of its origins.
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    Singing lines about being drunk and high didn't really suit the video to me. Another song may have been more appropriate for this picturization.
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    Color Runs as a whole appropriate Holi. Let's not only call out Coldplay for this. 😒
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    On the other hand...
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    It is not cultural appropriation to film a music video in another country.
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    The video prominently featured people you would see in India - little kids dressed up as religious figures for plays, a Bollywood actress, people in the slums, etc.
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    People are yelling at them to go beyond the stereotypes of India.
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    However, if the film was entirely shot in the glamorous parts of India and featured only beautiful Indian models, YOU WOULD STILL BE COMPLAINING.
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    Let's call out racism and cultural appropriation when it exists.
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    Let's not scare away people from learning about and appreciating our culture.
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    Let's not be ashamed that India is a beautiful amalgamation of glamour and poverty, dark skin and light skin, movie theaters and dancing in the streets, palaces and slums.