Katy Perry has found herself in a little bit of hot water over a recent Instagram post that shows off her new hairstyle.
Here’s how she introduced the look:
Nothing wrong here, right? That unicorn drink, so topical right now, and she actually looks gorgeous with long platinum braids.
But then she posted another photo with a different caption:
Ummm, yeah, so you can see why there’s a bit of a red flag on this play. Yes, she looks great. Yes, the blush pink one-piece bathing suit with the choker top is cool AF. But neither the suit or the hairstyle itself is the problem here, it’s who she attributes the hairstyle to.
For the record, none of the Kardashians invented this look, even if both Kim and Khloe did recently wear it and make news in the process. (Though pretty much everything the Kardashians do makes news, right?)
Perry captioned the photo, which now has over one million likes, “Katy Kardashian” and tagged the entire Kardashian/Jenner clan, prompting a few of them (Kim, Khloe and Kylie) to sound off with comments, emojis and likes.
And while all that celebrity social attention is all well and good, Perry has promoted more responses than that from people who point out the obvious: this hairstyle has been around for a lot longer than the Kardashians.
Black women (and let us not forget First Nations communities) have historically worn their hair in braids for years, and while white women are often praised for these hairstyles, black women often face bias in the workplace due to their hair. That, coupled with the fact that the Kardashian/Jenner clan have been in trouble countless times for cultural appropriation, probably makes it a little tone-deaf of Perry to attribute her image as such.
Katy Perry payed “homage” to the kardashians because she wore cornrows as if the kardashians invented it pic.twitter.com/ZMUY1vdAf0
— hood vogue (@kxyonn) April 23, 2017
I have a serious question: Why is it that Kim Kardashian was the first person who Katy Perry thought of when she put those braids in?
— Blanco Shabazz (@WhyYouPetty) April 22, 2017
I see Katy Perry has gotten in on the culture-jacking too. Nice cornrows, Katy. 🙄🙄 Can we have ANYTHING??!?
— Out Rae Geous (@_TheOpinion) April 22, 2017
The “Chained to the Rhythm” singer has been getting all kinds of press lately—for her new album-release stunt, getting Hillary Clinton to model her new shoes, cutting her hair and looking a bit like Bieber—but these latest headlines are a little less flattering.
We look to Perry as a leader of inclusivity and awareness. This caption, though, is a little offside. Maybe time to reposition it, Katy