Justin Bieber received flak after sharing a photo to Instagram on Monday in which he rocked the traditionally black hairstyle.The Grammy Award-winner attracted huge criticism as fans were quick to voice their disappointment in his choice of hairstyle, which many have said is appropriation of Black culture.
“Swags crazy,” Jaden Smith commented under one of Bieber’s post, while Instagram user @joetermini commented: “Just out here living your best life.”
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.
One social media user reacted with his words: “J, please educate yourself on cultural appropriation… You shouldn’t be wearing dreads… With love.” wrote one person.Another penned: “This is cultural appropriation… I know you can do better,” while a third user commented: “Can you not?”Another person wrote: “JUSTIN PLS STOP.” “It’s really disappointing to see you with dreads, I thought you educated yourself,” said one user.