Justin Bieber has been charged with cultural appropriation – again – for wearing dreads.
On Sunday April 25, the “Peaches” singer debuted her new hairstyle on Instagram. Social media users immediately flooded her comments section and told her why the style is considered cultural appropriation when a white person wears their hair this way.
Not everyone was critical, however: fellow artist Jaden Smith praised Bieber’s new project, calling it “Crazy Swags”, while Justin Timberlake commented, “Aaaaye!”
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On Tuesday (April 27), Bieber apparently addressed the backlash in a Instagram post.
“We all have our own insecurities that we try to hide and we make it look like we have it all together,” he wrote.
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Social media users say he hasn’t learned his lesson because it’s not the first time Bieber has been accused of cultural appropriation. In 2016, he wore cornrows, and soon after, dreadlocks, which sparked similar outrage.
“Hailey made me get rows of corn like an absolute heck, these won’t be tomorrow, trust me Danny,” Bieber wrote in a photo of her hair six years ago.
Last year, Bieber admitted he had benefited from black culture.
“My style, my way of singing, dancing, performing and my fashion have all been influenced and inspired by black culture,” Bieber wrote in a June 2020. social media Publish. “I am committed to using my platform today to learn, to speak out about racial injustice and systemic oppression, and to identify ways to be part of a much needed change.