Justin Bieber’s Look For Which He Was Accused of Cultural Appropriation

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Justin Bieber once again placed himself at the center of the controversy, this time it had nothing to do with the plagiarism of which he was accused last month but his most recent change of look, which was pointed out by cultural appropriation.

The 27-year-old singer shared some images last weekend showing his hair in dreadlocks – a style that has been characteristic of different cultures such as African and Australian, as well as the Rastafarian movement. In the snapshot, Bieber appears with glasses, shorts, and a loose sweater. The “Yummy” singer’s hairstyle was harshly criticized.

 

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In an interview with The Guardian, the co-founder of Halo Collective, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination against natural hairstyles, said she was infuriated to see a famous white person wearing a hairstyle associated with black culture. 

“You can’t carry something that historically significant and ignore the struggles behind what that hairstyle means,” said Stephanie Cohen.

Among other comments that the singer has received, those who accuse him of not respecting the origins of this style stand out.

 

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Social networks were divided, some asked the singer to change his look and apologize, while his fans assure that the husband of the model Hailey Bieber can wear his hair as he wants.

This is not the first time that Justin Bieber has raised such a debate. In 2014 he was highly criticized after a video circulated in which he sang his song “One Less Lonely Girl”, changing one of the words to ” N-word “. The CNN medium confirmed that the material was from when the singer was 14 years old.

At that time the artist was 20 years old and took full responsibility for his actions, however, he was singled out for racism.

Two years later a photo in which he appeared wearing his hair in braids again opened the racial debate, as he was also accused of cultural appropriation. In the picture, he is seen next to his now-wife.

 

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