Last night, Justin Bieber made an appearance at the iHeartRadio music awards with a new head of dreadlocks that has people reacting pretty intensely. He teased it on Instagram over the weekend before debuting the look officially at the awards show Sunday night.
Not surprisingly, Justin got dragged on Twitter. Here’s how some people reacted:
when zendaya had dreads people were saying she "smells like weed" but when justin bieber does the media loves it?? pic.twitter.com/fUaoo5AJdT
— jade (@floppycurls) April 4, 2016
Justin Bieber got dreads *culture appropriation deep sigh*
— digbickfaithfulvirgn (@IktGuy) April 3, 2016
Justin Bieber on wearing dreads: "[People say] you wanna be black and all that stuff, I'm like 'its just my hair'." pic.twitter.com/eR6cB3QCbL
— Shady Music Facts (@musicnews_shade) April 4, 2016
Zendaya gets dreadlocks gets told she looks smelly & homeless but Justin Bieber gets dreads and gets told he's hot. Hmm.
— E$AP (@halfmoonelham) April 4, 2016
Justin Bieber didn't get the memo that white people look stupid with dreadlocks huh?
— Charlamagne Tha God (@cthagod) April 4, 2016
why does Justin Bieber's hair look like The Grinch's fingers? pic.twitter.com/PwqdbSmmAi
— 7 GOD (@iiBreakNecks) April 4, 2016
Why Justin Bieber look like a pile of wheat pic.twitter.com/YaPVF2khJc
— JAY ₆✍ 6'2 (@VIEWSFROMJAY) April 4, 2016
Justin Bieber hair look like a wild carrot. pic.twitter.com/jjVRIkRTCf
— Sabby. (@sabrinadunn) April 3, 2016
In the above video, Justin tells Big Sean: “[People say] you wanna be black and all that stuff, I’m like ‘its just my hair.”
Clearly, though, Justin has a thing or two to learn about cultural appropriation.
And yet, some take no issue:
lets talk about bieber's dreads and nose ring for a little minute 😻
— madison (@madiharris514) April 3, 2016
Justin bieber got dreads and he's still a babe ??
— emma marek☼ (@EmmaMarek) April 4, 2016
I’m going to go ahead and agree that Justin is still a babe… BUT, he’s not exactly an artist who contributes much to the current discourse on race—or a black man himself. He is simply appropriating a look from a marginalized group without checking his privilege and considering the implications of adopting a style that has deep cultural roots elsewhere than his own.
Here’s hoping he’ll undo those locks soon…