Justin Bieber’s finally hit back at critics of his latest dreadlock hairstyle, in a bizarre new video posted to his Instagram account.
The What Do You Mean singer filmed himself in what looked like a tour bus bed, and adopted a sarcastic, surfer-esque drawl as he said: ‘Duuuude, are you gonna do anything with your hair or you just gonna
leave it like that dude.’
He then continues: ‘Yeah some girl came up to me, she was like, ‘I love you Justin, but that’s like, my least favourite hairstyle of yours.’
We’re not sure if he’s really bothered about the stick he’s getting from his female fans, or if he’s just sick of all the accusations of cultural appropriation he’s been facing since he opted to sport the dreads (a hairstyle more commonly associated with black and Rastafarian culture, with roots in Egypt, Ethiopia and other parts of Africa).
Because this isn’t the first time Justin has sparked a dialogue about hair and appropriation. Last year he posted a photo of him wearing cornrows whilst on holiday with rumoured girlfriend Hailey Baldwin.
‘I look like a douche’ he captioned the photo, before removing the braids shortly afterwards – but not before he faced more calls to revert to a regular style again as not to offend certain people.
‘Did no-one school you on why cultural appropriation is wrong?’ one follower wrote on Twitter.
‘I was a Beliber until this’ wrote another, whilst others accused him of ‘insulting’ his black fans.
And remember back in July 2015, when Bieber leapt to the defense of his friend Kylie Jenner when she sported cornrows and received critcism from fans and Hunger Games actress Amanda Stenberg?
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He wrote on her Instagram photo: ‘Guys leave her alone, were all trying to figure it out and she happens to be under a microscope! I’m the first to know this. But saying she’s being racist because she has her hair in braids is ridiculous.
‘Let’s focus on the bigger picture and instead of fighting over something stupid lets do something about equality, but it doesn’t start here blasting a 17 year-old kid for wearing braids.’
And he raises a good point – it’s problematic to criticise anyone for wearing a hairstyle, simply on the grounds of race. And when highlighting racial prejudice, we can’t help but think that there are definitely more pressing issues at hand than the Kardashians’ braids…
When asked a few weeks ago about the controversy surrounding his dreadlocks, Justin simply told a reporter that ‘hair is just hair’, but clearly, for a lot of fans and other celebrities it’s not quite that simple.
What do you think? Is it a big fuss about nothin’ or does Justin need to develop a social consciousness?! Either way, we’re not too keen on this style tbh…
By Georgina Lawton