Justin Bieber’s controversial dreadlocks are back.
Five years after being accused of cultural appropriation, the 27-year-old decided to tie his hair back into the hairstyle that traditionally belongs to black culture.
It was 2016 when the singer faced a whirlwind of cultural appropriation criticism – after showing up at the HeartRadio Music Awards with THAT oxygenated shaved hair – that is impossible to forget.
The “Peaches” singer showed off the new dreadlocks, posting photos of his vacation with wife Hailey on Instagram in what appears to be a tropical paradise.
Like the first time, fans are in turmoil over the decision to re-propose this hairstyle, as the black community has long faced and still faces discrimination for dreadlocks, cornrows, and afros.
“This is not Justin,” commented one person on Instagram. “I know you can do better“, wrote another, while a third intervened with: “It’s really disappointing to see you with dread, I thought you were educated.“
While many on Twitter said it was hypocritical of him to take a “stand against racism” and include Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches in his new album “Justice,” only to then wear dreadlocks like a white man – and ignore the historical significance of the hairstyle.
After criticism of platinum blonde dreadlocks in 2016, Justin had stowed away with a bizarre video on Insta with the caption: ” Being weird is fun if you’re not weird I don’t like you.“