Kim Kardashian West finds herself accused of cultural appropriation following a dodgy hairstyle. The reality star attends the MTV Movie & TV Awards wearing braids.
Showing Off Her Privilege
KKW Beauty founder Kardashian shared the look with her Twitter followers ahead of walking the red carpet at Saturday night's show.
pic.twitter.com/65oKI1xNe2 — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 17, 2018
The backlash was swift, with comments immediately flooding in, loaded with cries of cultural appropriation.
"Isn't this cultural appropriation," wrote one person in response.
"Your privilege is really showing," chimed in another.
One commentator went even further, suggesting Kardashian was intentionally wearing braids to annoy black people. There were also those who criticized the mother of three for wearing braids while parenting black children.
However, many people rushed to the Keeping up with the Kardashians star's defense, saying that she looked stunning that night.
In reality, Kardashian West was wearing Fulani braids, inspired by the Fulani people of East and West Africa and worn by people of color for hundreds of years, to this weekend's Awards show. She arrived with mother Kris Jenner and sported a white tube top and high-waisted skirt for the night.
Kylie Jenner was also supposed to make an appearance that night. However, the new mom, who gave birth to daughter Stormi Webster on Feb. 1, was nowhere to be seen.
This Isn't Her First Offense
The extended Kardashian-Jenner clan is no stranger to accusations of cultural appropriation. Kim herself, this past January, came under fire for referring to a hairstyle involving blond braids accessorized with white beads as "Bo Derek" style.
She was quickly called out by those who corrected her for inferring Bo Derek invented braids. She responded with an Instagram post, wearing braids, with a caption that left no doubt as to her feelings on the matter.
"Hi can I get zero f***s please? Thanks," she wrote at the time.
The KKW Beauty founder was embroiled in a similar hairstyle fiasco earlier this week when her eldest daughter, North West, was spotted with what appeared to be straightened hair. Kardashian was criticized for straightening her kid's hair at too young an age.
The reality TV star doesn't seem pushed by any of these issues, however as she happily shared posts in honor of her late father Robert Kardashian as well as husband Kanye West for Father's Day. The couple is parents to North, 5, 2-year-old Saint, and 5-month-old Chicago, who was born via surrogate.
Saturday was a busy day for Kardashian West in general as her interview with The Van Jones show aired on CNN. During the interview, she discussed the presidential pardon of Alice Johnson with the host. Johnson was pardoned following Kardashian West's lobbying of President Trump.