During his iHeartRadio Music Awards performance Sunday night, Justin Bieber showed off his new dreadlocks hairdo. The singer quickly became just the latest white person to be blamed for committing “cultural appropriation” — which is a term Social Justice Warriors use when they want to shame white people for following or adopting a trend that wasn’t invented by someone white.
Before his performance, Bieber tweeted a picture showing off his new hairdo.
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 4, 2016
Bieber is white, no matter how much he happens to identify “more with black people.” And dreadlocks, as far as Social Justice Warriors are concerned, are among those hairdos that are off limits to white folks (sorry, I don’t make the rules).
Nevertheless, Bieber’s dreadlocks were the subject of an untold number of tweets from offended Social Justice Snowflakes.
Bieber got dreads. There's your (unwanted) daily dose of cultural appropriation.
— Sam White (@samwhiteout) April 3, 2016
Justin Bieber has gotten to the point where you don't even know what he appropriating,
Dreads, braids or straw hay pic.twitter.com/QPsVg1y0Yr
— nae (@neyshajasme) April 3, 2016
Justin Bieber got dreads *culture appropriation deep sigh*
— digbickfaithfulvirgn (@IktGuy) April 3, 2016
Even Bieber’s noted cult-like celebrity was no match for the perpetually offended.
so when do we start dragging Justin Bieber for dreads…. ANYONE??? or are y'all gonna stay quiet bc y'all "love" him
— adryYaNNa (@adryzzle) April 3, 2016
It is our duty to confront white appropriation. https://t.co/HIJTwDhB0S
— Kwame Rose (@kwamerose) April 3, 2016
Bieber isn’t alone in being blamed for culture stealing through dreadlocks.
Last week, the internet was ablaze in response to a viral video showing a white, male, dreadlocks-wearing student at San Francisco State University being mercilessly punished for “appropriating” by a black female student.
As for Bieber, his Instagram would indicate that he hasn’t been fazed one bit by this latest tantrum from the Social Justice Snowflakes.
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