“It’s troubling as yet another instance of a white celebrity appropriating a traditionally black hairstyle,” wrote Fashionista, which wondered if “celebrities and designers need to start hiring cultural appropriation consultants to advise against things like dreads and cornrows.”
“Justin Bieber is one of the lieutenants of the cultural appropriation army. He outdid himself this week by rocking dirty, white guy dreads,” Bossip wrote. “Not only do they look dirty, but he’s just doing it because they look ‘cool’ without any understanding of what he’s doing.”
Last year, Bravo host Andy Cohen was criticized after inserting himself into the feud between “Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg and reality show personality Kylie Jenner over Kylie’s cornrows. Stenberg blasted them as culturally insensitive and later posted this video to further express her views:
“I want to apologize to Amandla,” Cohen later posted. “I didn’t understand the larger context of this cultural discussion and TRULY meant no disrespect to her or anyone else.”
Bieber’s known for trying out new looks and receiving responses via his social platforms, so maybe this one will pass soon.