Justin Bieber faces cultural appropriation backlash after showing off new dreadlocks.
When Justin Bieber debuted his latest dreadlocks on Monday, he was accused of cultural appropriation.
The 27-year-old Canadian pop star sat outdoors in a red top and shorts with blue sneakers in several photos posted to his Instagram page on Monday. His brown hair was in dreadlocks and he sat outdoors in a red top and shorts.
The Peaches singer’s controversy comes amid a national conversation about the relationship between dreadlocks and Black identity and culture, with many social media users criticizing the white musician after he was embroiled in a similar scandal in 2016.
‘I just saw Justin Bieber’s story…. are you f***ing kidding, my guy?’ a user commented. ‘He hasn’t heard anything about cultural appropriation, has he? The way his hair is falling out, it’s just going to get worse. When he’s done, he’d better shave it all off.’
‘Justin Bieber having dreadlocks after this year of openly processing his relationship with cultural appropriation and racism is…… mush for brain vibes,’ another user stated. I’d like to say I don’t believe it, but I do.
‘When people in positions of power and privilege attempt to “validate” oppressed people’s practices and traditions by declaring, “This is the hot new trend,” we have serious problems.’
Kim Kardashian, Iggy Azalea, and Miley Cyrus have all been tied to cultural appropriation controversies in the past.
The singer received backlash earlier this year when he used the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. King for almost two minutes on his new album, Justice.
‘I know that I can’t fix inequality by making music, but I do know that if we all do our part by using our talents to support this world and each other, we’ll be that much closer to being united,’ the Baby singer tweeted in February.