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The Twitterati accused pop star Justin Bieber of cultural appropriation for the sin of wearing dreadlocks.
“Bieber shared an image on Sunday that showed him standing in a pink and black checkered sweatshirt, red shorts and red sunglasses inside what appears to be his home,” reported Fox News. “However, fans quickly noticed the artist’s new hairstyle, which appears to be a return to the dreadlocks he was sporting roughly five years ago that also resulted in cultural appropriation accusations. Many people argue that the hairstyle is synonymous with Black culture.”
I know Hailey in the groupchat fighting for her life rn https://t.co/sqE2ugk2ab
— cait🦩 (@CaitCamelia) April 27, 2021
“Oh noooo honey, that ain’t gon work,” said one Instagram user.
“Justin Bieber gets white people dreads and yall just now realize that he’s been appropriating black culture…weird,” said one Twitter user.
justin bieber gets white people dreads and yall just now realize that hes been appropriating black culture…weird
— pizza ball delivery boy (@hammerhusband) April 27, 2021
“Justin Beiber has ALWAYS preyed on Black Culture, y’all just ignored it,” said another Twitter user.
— wonda (@WondasHoax) April 27, 2021
“Why is Justin Bieber really out in the world with some dreads fr? Like bro, your team, your WIFE was like YES this is a great decision? Yet ANOTHER shot at cultural appropriation!” said another.
Why is Justin Bieber really out in the world with some dreads fr?
Like bro, your team, your WIFE was like YES this is a great decision?
Yet ANOTHER shot at cultural appropriation!
— MTG㊣ (@iamMTG) April 27, 2021
Beiber did have some lone defenders.
“I’m gonna get a bunch of hate- but this isn’t cultural appropriation, it’s just a hairstyle,” said one Instagram user.
“Stop telling Justin what to wear and how to style his hair.. Sorry, but nobody cares what you all think. Focus on yourself and your own lives. P(l)eace,” said another.
Another said: “Not a fan of yours, but don’t listen to the BS.. dreads were around for a looooooong time and it’s not only a ‘black cultural’ thing.. anyone claiming it is is ignorant to the history of the world. Look at the celts and even in Scandinavia. Many Vikings wore dreads…soooo…. who REALLY wore it first? Does it REALLY even matter? It’s a hair style ffs… if somebody’s hairstyle is your biggest concern you haven’t been paying attention to the world around you. Rock ya dreads biebs.”
In August of last year, the woke mob targetted British singer Adele after she styled her hair in Bantu knots while wearing a Jamaican flag bikini to honor the Notting Hill Carnival being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Dear white people, please just be yourselves and stop it for good with cultural appropriation. Adele the bantu knots were unnecessary. The Jamaican flag bikini top was unnecessary… Please just stop it,” one follower wrote.
“Black women are discriminated against for wearing cultural hairstyles like bantu knots and locs but white people are not, that’s not fair and that’s why people are pissed off,” another said.
“If 2020 couldn’t get anymore bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for. This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic. Hate to see it,” tweeted Earnest Owens.
If 2020 couldn't get anymore bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for.
This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic.
Hate to see it. pic.twitter.com/N9CqPqh7GX
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) August 30, 2020