Justin Bieber Called Out for Cultural Appropriation

On Sunday 3rd April, Justin Bieber took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Awards and performed his singles 'Love Yourself' and 'Company'. A lot of people were more focused on his hair than his performance, as Bieber took to the stage with dreadlocks. Justin Bieber previously debuted the hairstyle on Instagram, a couple days prior to the show, and already started to receive criticism from Instagram users who accused the star of appropriating black culture.

This was not the first time Bieber was accused of cultural appropriation. He was spotted with cornrows whilst on vacation in Hawaii with model Hailey Baldwin over the New Year. Justin was also quick to defend Kylie Jenner, after she was called out for cultural appropriation by actress Amandla Sternberg. Twitter user were quick to comment on his hair.

However, not everyone disapproved of Justin's stylistic choice.

Words: Bola Olashore

 

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