The Kardashians are back at it again. What are they hogging the front pages with this time?
This time, it’s over Kim Kardashian’s new hairstyle. Kim took to snapchat to show off her “Bo Derek” (from the 1979 film “10”) braids. She told her followers she was “really into” it, but some of her followers are not quite feeling her new look.
A lot of fans aren’t happy with her new hairstyle, as they have accused her of “culturally appropriating” it.
“Kim Kardashian on snap talking about some Bo Derek braids. Kim they are called CORN ROWS..” one fan complained.
“Kim Kardashian got on Fulani braids and called them “Bo Derek” braids . These why culture appropriation trash.” another added.
“Just when I start to like Kim Kardashian she pulls her tone def cultural appropriation s***. As a grown woman, who is fully immersed and profits from black culture there’s no excuse for calling cornrows ‘Bo Derick’ braids . Wear what you want, but give credit where it’s due,” a third commented.
And that’s only half of it, as more tweeted their criticism toward her, one even suggesting she “shouldn’t be wearing them as a white woman”. Seems a little far-fetched, but it’s been argued that white people shouldn’t be allowed to sport any kind of fashion outside their own race.
Welcome to 2018, yet another year of the sensitive Buzzfeed generation or you could even call them the racially indoctrinated social justice warrior millennials of generation Z.
Kim I love you and all but those braids you have on is cultural appropriation and you shouldn’t be wearing them as a white woman. It’s not right cause white Girls will see this as a “trend” which isn’t tbh this is disappointing😡😡😡
— Denise Nawumuntu (@DNawumuntu) January 29, 2018
I rarely do that but @KimKardashian it is not because you are copying a hairstyle that you have the right to name it. Those braids have a name and an history you don’t own them. Get yourself informed and it’s 2018 stop your cultural appropriation !
— Kab❤️ (@Kaabanaa) January 29, 2018
Once I saw @KimKardashian in her “Bo Derek braids” I knew she was in for it. They’re cornrows, Kim. 1) how dumb was that 2)how culturally insensitive was that 3) are we surprised? #cornrows #KimKardashianWest #culturevulture
— Allie (@bloggyblog17) January 29, 2018
However, some fans stood up for Kim Kardashian and fully supported her new look, defying the moronically brainwashed people attacking her on social media, like this one!
Kim Kardashian really said “Bo Derek braids” knowing damn well what she was doing pic.twitter.com/zuBeNCLh6k
— Nicole (@NICOLEJMXO) January 29, 2018
But, here we have a supporter of freedom of expression, something which generation Z just cannot get their head around…
— Neil (@KimKWestForever) January 29, 2018
A similar situation occurred back in November, when the reality star was accused of being “racially insensitive” by fans. Kim spoke out after being criticised for the Aaliyah Halloween costume that she wore.
Aaliyah was an R&B singer, as well as an actress and model who tragically passed away after a plane crash in August 2001. Kim’s Halloween look was from her music video “Try Again”. Fans accused Kim of “pushing the limit” of acceptable behaviour after replicating Aaliyah’s outfit from the video.
However, Kim insisted that her outfit came from a place of “love and respect”, and that Aaliyah was a woman she admired.
Kim has not yet commented on the recent backlash, but what does everyone else think? Do you think it was disrespectful for her to get these braids, or have fans just got their panties (or braids, in this case) in a twist? Let us know in the comments section below.
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