Justin Bieber is facing backlash again over this hairstyle. The pop star is sporting short dreadlocks this week- and the internet isn’t having any of it!
The Canadian singer is being accused of racial insensitivity and being a “dilettante … dipping his toe in the culture” after sporting a new hairstyle. Justin Bieber posted a photo on IG wearing the new hairstyle on Sunday and followed with a close-up shot on Monday.
Some black women called him out using words like ‘offensive’ and ‘ disrespectful’. Others also urged him to ‘change it’ and ‘apologise’. But others also defended him because anyone can wear their hair the way they want. Traditionally, dreadlocks are associated with the black culture, so wearing them is seen by some people as cultural appropriation.
Stephanie Cohen, co-founder and legal and political organiser at the Halo Collective, a natural hair organisation, insinuated that Justine Bieber had ‘no right’ to wear the hairstyle. She told The Guardian, “My reasoning and understanding of someone wearing something not specific to their culture or ethnicity, is that if they cannot speak for black or minority rights [and] be a consistent ally – then they have no right to wear something like locs.”