Justin Bieber is being accused of cultural appropriation over his hair. Again.
April 27, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Justin Bieber debuted some dreadlocks this week, sparking cries of racial insensitivity. The episode comes some four years after he was similarly criticized over wearing cornrows -- and, yes, dreadlocks.
The outcry came four years after he was similarly criticized over wearing cornrows -- and, yes, dreadlocks.
Dreadlocks are traditionally connected to the culture and identities of Black people, and wearing them is viewed by some as cultural appropriation.
On social media some Black women called Bieber's hairstyle offensive and disrespectful and urged him to change it and apologize.
The new criticism of Bieber's hair is just the latest cultural controversy involving the 27-year-old Canadian singer, who has long been accused of racial insensitivity.
Bieber has said he is merely trying to amplify the civil rights leader's message -- but people on social media criticized the album's use of King's words.
Bieber is certainly not the only celebrity who's been accused of cultural appropriation over their hairstyle.
Critics at the time said the incident highlighted how White celebrities are sometimes hailed as edgy for wearing ethnic hairstyles such as cornrows and dreadlocks while women of color are degraded for wearing their natural hair in similar styles.