Too Deep For Kylie Jenner: The Cornrows Racial Debate
“Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star Kylie Jenner has found herself in a heavily charged debate after posting a selfie on Saturday where she was wearing cornrows. Her highfalutin critic, Amandla Stenberg, 16-year-old actress who played Rue in “The Hunger Games,” accused her of selfishly appropriating black culture without truly loving the black people.
Kylie Jenner wears cornrows
Jenner’s photo showing her sporting the cornrows was liked more than 1.2 million times and generated more than 109,000 comments, E! reported.
The photo was posted with the caption “I woke like diss.”
Stenberg then criticized the young Kardashian with a racially charged comment. “When you appropriate black features and culture but fail to use your position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards your wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.”
Jenner replied, “mad if I do… mad if I don’t. Go hang with Jaden or something.”
Stenberg retaliated by posting a photo of herself sporting cornrows with the caption: “I woke up like diss.”
Too deep for Kylie Jenner
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Stenberg made headlines earlier this year when she released a video that opened the discussion for cultural appropriation. She posed the intelligent question, “What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love culture?”
In the video was titled “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” Stenberg explained that “appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated but is deemed as high-fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves.”
“Hip hop stems from a black struggle, it stems from jazz and blues, styles of music African-Americans created to retain humanity in the face of adversity. On a smaller scale but in a similar vein, braids and cornrows are not merely stylistic. They’re necessary to keep black hair neat,” she went on.
She took jabs at Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry.
“Pop stars and icons adopted black culture as a way of being edgy and gaining attention,” the young star said.
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