Justin Bieber has been accused of cultural appropriation again after receiving a less than enthusiastic response to his new hairstyle.
The ‘Baby’ singer debuted his new dreadlocks on Instagram over the weekend and it’s an, um, look. Are they dreadlocks or is it just a dirty matted style? There’s been some debate but either way, it’s not the freshest look Bieber has ever sported. Couldn’t his wife Hailey Baldwin have put a stop to this madness?
For his part, Bieber seems to be loving life with the new look. In just a few days, he’s already shared six photos of his hairstyle on Instagram to his 171 million followers.
It’s not a sentiment shared elsewhere. Bieber might not have responded directly to the backlash but social media has been having a great time discussing it, both seriously and lightheartedly. Many rightly told Bieber to educate himself on black culture; others just thought that he now resembled Cynthia from Rugrats.
I mean, just take a look at some of these Twitter responses:
He realized the hate was dying down and he had to act quick https://t.co/J7IKRhLKj0
— ً (@feeIlikepabIo) April 27, 2021
hair looking a bit like cynthia from rugrats 😕 https://t.co/ec2Hdb5eS4
— sarah lugor! (@sarahlugor) April 27, 2021
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Justin Bieber getting dreadlocks after this year of him publicly processing his relationship to cultural appropriation and racism is…… mush for brain vibes. Would say I can’t believe it but I can 🙁
— Allison O'Conor (@allisonoconor) April 27, 2021
It’s also led to Bieber being accused of cultural appropriation for the second time in just five years. Back in 2016, he copped a hard time for rocking a similar hairstyle during the iHeartRadio Music Awards, as per Complex. Five years is clearly too small a time for a superstar to learn an important life lesson.
Very much looking like that sketchy guy you try to avoid at Byron Bay, who knows how long Bieber can keep up this look. Are you a fan of the hairstyle? We know you’re probably not.
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