Kylie Jenner wore cornrows in her hair on Instagram for a second time after celebrating her 18th birthday. The last time Kylie sported a cornrow hairstyle, she was accused of being racist in a bizarre feud started by actress Amandla Stenberg.
In the Aug. 11 Instagram photo, Kylie wears a black sports bra, gray sweatpants and has cornrows in her hair. In July, Kylie was accused of trying to be black for having cornrows. Singer Justin Bieber defended Kylie, saying it’s stupid to feud over a hairstyle.
“Guys leave her alone, we’re all trying to figure it out and she happens to be under a microscope!” Bieber wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post. “I’m the first to know this. But saying she’s being racist because she wants her hair in braids is ridiculous.”
Justin, who himself has been accused of “trying to be black,” said people should focus on actual racism rather than slam a teenager with cornrows for being racist. “Let’s focus on the bigger picture and instead of fighting over something stupid let’s do something about equality, but it doesn’t start here blasting a 17-year-old kid for wearing braids smh,” wrote Bieber, 21.
One of the dumbest social media feuds ever erupted July 12, after Kylie posted an Instagram photo with her hair in cornrows. “I woke up like disss,” Jenner wrote in the caption.
Shortly afterward, Amandla Stenberg (who played Rue in the 2012 film, “The Hunger Games”) slammed Kylie for “appropriating black features and culture” but not using her fame to spotlight important issues such as racism or police brutality against blacks.
“When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism,” Stenberg, 16, commented on Kylie’s cornrows photo.
Jenner initially responded to Stenberg by sarcastically writing, “@amandlastenberg Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do.” Amandla has since stated she is not an “angry black girl” after facing backlash from Kylie fans.
“End the ‘angry black girl’ narrative,” Stenberg tweeted. “It’s just another attempt to undermine certain perspectives. I have strong opinions. I am not angry.”
Stenberg: White America Fetishizes Black Beauty
Amandla, who’s half-black and half-white/Jewish, wrote another Instagram post pointing out what she views as double standards of beauty for black and white women:
“Black features are beautiful. Black women are not. White women are paragons of virtue and desire. Black women are objects of fetishism and brutality. This, at least, seems to be the mentality surrounding black femininity and beauty in a society built upon eurocentric beauty standards.
While white women are praised for altering their bodies, plumping their lips, and tanning their skin, black women are shamed although the same features exist on them naturally.
This double standard is one string in the netting that surrounds black female sexuality – a web that entraps black women when they claim sexual agency.
Deeply ingrained into culture is the notion that black female bodies, at the intersect of oppression, are less than human and therefore unattractive. They are symbols of pain, trauma, and degradation. Often when they are sexualized, it is from a place of racial fetishism.”
Can A Race ‘Claim’ A Hairstyle?
Stenberg’s cornrow criticism fueled further attacks on Kylie, with some people slamming Jenner as an airhead. However, others disagreed with Amandla, saying it’s racist to imply that a certain hairstyle “belongs” to one race.
“Y’all being racist by saying it’s wrong for whites to have braids,” wrote on Instagram user. “Y’all a bunch a hyprocrites.” Another chimed in, “Having braids is not only a trait to blacks.”
Kylie Jenner has been under fire ever since she began dating rapper Tyga, 25, the ex-boyfriend and baby daddy of stripper Blac Chyna, 27. On Aug. 10, Tyga presented Kylie with a $320,000 White Ferrari for her 18th birthday.