Justin Bieber reintroduced the historically black hairstyle while on holiday with his partner, Hailey Baldwin, five years after being accused of racial appropriation for wearing dreadlocks.
On Sunday, the 27-year-old singer flaunted his new look in a series of Instagram videos, and on Monday, he shared another close-up of his dreadlocks.
Bieber’s decision to double down has enraged fans once again, as black people have long faced prejudice for wearing the trend (as well as braids, cornrows and afros).
One individual commented on Monday’s message, “This isn’t it Justin.” Another said, “I know you can do better,” while a third added, “It’s very shocking to see you with dreads, I thought you trained yourself.”
Many on Twitter even claimed it was hypocritical of the actor to take a “stand against racism” on his latest album, “Justice,” by sampling speeches from Martin Luther King Jr., only to then wear dreadlocks as a white man, ignoring the hairstyle’s historical significance.
He shared a surreal video with the caption, “Being weird is fun’ if u r not weird I don’t like you,” after being called out for his platinum-blond dreadlocks in 2016.
Bieber has yet to react to the slew of new derogatory comments that have flooded his social media accounts.
Justin needs to look into why dreadlocks are considered to be cultural appropriation. If he educated himself on this topic, he wouldn't be doing it
— འ •*.ღ. ᴊᴜꜱᴛɪᴄᴇ out now (@Groovybiebz) April 26, 2021
justin sweetheart you have to understand that to support black people and the anti racism movement you have to be coherent to what you preach and that means not doing cultural appropriation ever
dreadlocks do not look good on you @justinbieber
— livia | cr: lâmina da assassina ✨ (@nseidenadaoxe) April 26, 2021
Justin Bieber has moved into a white people dreadlocks phase. I am indefinitely withdrawing my support for the pop singer until this misadventure concludes.
— PPV (@PPVJulian) April 26, 2021
- Justin Bieber: Billboard