We’re living in a pretty woke climate these days, so if you start whipping your dreadlocks around as a non-black person, the Internet is totally going to call you out for cultural appropriation. Demi Lovato is learning that the hard way after EDM group, Cheat Codes, released their "New Promises" music video featuring the singer doing just that.
Some are saying that the half-Mexican, half-European singer isn't wearing true dreads, exactly. Still, the textured twists certainly create the illusion of dreadlocks, and that’s what has people so upset. “Nothing says hot like cultural appropriation. Respect cultures, don't appropriate them!” writes one commenter on Lovato’s Instagram. And Twitter is in a frenzy.
One Twitterer fired back, attempting to defend Lovato:
An interesting question, but some argue that the answer is pretty straightforward: White people have never the oppressed.
Demi isn’t the first celeb to get called out for cultural appropriation. Gwen Stefani’s bindi beads, Kylie Jenner’s cornrows, and Iggy Azelea’s Bollywood video have all been slammed. And just last week, Kate Moss's daughter faced backlash for wearing braids in her first modeling campaign.
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