When it comes to making headlines for all the wrong reasons, 21-year old pop star Justin Bieber knows all about it and, because of this, he came to the defense of another young star, 17-year old Kylie Jenner, who just happens to be one of his friends.
Jenner posts hundreds of selfies on her Instagram regularly, but one in particular sparked a racially charged debate as the young reality star was sporting cornrows with the caption, “I woke up like disss.”
The post caused The Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg to comment on the picture, criticzing Jenner for “appropriating black features and culture” instead of using her fame to help focus on the real problems black Americans face. Jenner responded back with a snarky remark and Stenberg didn’t reply, but Bieber did jump into the mix.
A screenshot from Jenner’s Instgram post has a comment from Bieber which reads, “Guys leaver her alone, we’re all trying to figure it out and she happens to be under a microscope! I’m the first to know this. But saying she’s racist because she wants her hair in braids is ridiculous. lets focus on the bigger picture and instead of fighting over something stupid let’s do something about equality, but it doesn’t start here blasting a 17 year old kid for wearing braids smh.”
In the meantime, Stenberg took to her Twitter to post a lengthy message about double standards of beauty between black and white women, which in part read: “End the ‘angry black girl’ narrative. It’s just another attempt to undermine certain perspectives. I have strong opinions. I am not angry.”
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