In a bizarre and unforgettable display of cultural immersion, American rapper Post Malone broke records during his recent Australian tour by consuming an unprecedented number of “shoeys” – a uniquely Australian drinking tradition that involves chugging beer from a used shoe.
Malone’s shoey streak began at his Brisbane concert, where he invited a lucky fan onstage to join him in the ritual. The rapper then proceeded to consume shoeys at every subsequent show, with the number increasing each time. By the end of the tour, Malone had consumed a staggering 85 shoeys, smashing the previous record of 69.
While Malone’s shoey streak has been met with amusement and admiration by some, others have criticized it as a disrespectful and unhygienic act. The rapper’s actions have also sparked a debate about cultural appropriation and the boundaries of cultural exchange.
The Cultural Significance of Shoeys
Shoeys are a deeply ingrained part of Australian culture, often associated with mateship, larrikinism, and a sense of national identity. The tradition is typically reserved for special occasions, such as sporting victories or celebrations with close friends.
For many Australians, the shoey represents a symbol of camaraderie and shared experiences. It’s a way of bonding with others and demonstrating a willingness to embrace the country’s unique customs.
Cultural Appropriation or Cultural Exchange?
Malone’s enthusiastic participation in the shoey ritual has raised questions about cultural appropriation and the respect shown to local customs. Some have argued that the rapper’s actions are a form of cultural appropriation, as he is taking part in a tradition that holds significant meaning for Australians without fully understanding or respecting its context.
Others, however, view Malone’s participation as a form of cultural exchange, suggesting that his willingness to engage with Australian customs demonstrates an appreciation for the country’s culture. They argue that Malone’s actions have helped to raise awareness of Australian traditions and bring them to a wider audience.
A Step Too Far?
Regardless of whether Malone’s actions are considered cultural appropriation or cultural exchange, there’s no doubt that his shoey streak has sparked a conversation about the boundaries of cultural engagement.
The sheer number of shoeys consumed by Malone has also raised concerns about hygiene and potential health risks. The practice of drinking from a used shoe, particularly in a crowded concert setting, poses a risk of spreading germs and infections.