ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Kylie Jenner has got herself embroiled in a racially-charged Instagram feud with The Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg over a selfie she uploaded of her sporting a full head of cornrows.

After seeing the snap on Instagram, 16-year-old (and clearly wise beyond her years) Amandla Stenberg spoke out about what she feels is shameless cultural appropriation in a comment that The Shade Room helpfully snapped below:

In a move that shows a pretty enormous gulf in maturity, Jenner replied to the intelligent comment with the insightful "Go hang w Jaden or something," probably in reference to the fact that Jaden Smith (who is also rumored to be Kylie's former boyfriend) took Stenberg to prom earlier this year.

Unfortunately for Kylie, this comment severely backfired as social media flocked to mock her for implying that, at 17-years-old, she is too grown up to associate with her former buddy Jaden these days.

This isn't the first time that Amandla has called people out for appropriating black culture and she has even made a handy video entitled "Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows: A Crash Discourse on Black Culture" to help explain the often misunderstood issue.

If you are in the midst of a violent knee-jerk reaction right now, watch the presentation Amandla made with a classmate the whole way through because she makes some compelling points that you might not have thought about before.

In short:

The Line between culturally appropriation and cultural exchange is always going to be blurred, but here's the thing. Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes for the originators when a style is deemed as high-fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves.

And when artists continue to adopt imagery like Katy Perry has in the GIF below, it's hard to argue that using racial stereotypes as a punch line or shameless way to grab attention is not a problem:

I'm sure that Kylie Jenner didn't mean any harm with her new hairdo, but hopefully Stenberg's comments have encouraged her to educate herself.

(Source: Vibe and Buzzfeed)


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