Kim Kardashian is no stranger to controversy and she has found herself in the midst of another cultural clash. After meeting with President Trump to secure Alice Johnson’s freedom, members of the black community have either mixed or strong opinions about the reality star and her husband Kanye West. While there are many issues underway with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s involvement with President Trump, some have found their biggest complaint against Kardashian stems from cultural appropriation.
Kim is no stranger to debate and when she chooses to wear cornrow braids in her hair, someone on the Internet is bound to freak out.
Cultural appropriation is the act of wearing something that is traditionally associated with a culture. The belief is that by appropriating or borrowing from another culture you aren’t only diluting the meaning of that cultures belief system but are also indirectly cheapening and humiliating them.
Cultural appropriation is a hot topic and people across the gamut have different views and opinions on the subject. As America is a melting pot and is a country full of mixed words, borrowed clothing styles and even shared dishes, some feel that there is no point in trying to separate cultures.
Not only has Kim Kardashian been accused of cultural appropriation, but some point out that she has mixed-race children.
That has led to another aspect of the cultural discussion as some feel her children can wear cornrows, but she can’t.
OH so u can wear the braids but ur biracial kid has the pressed hair?? Ok Ms. Kim Kardashian pic.twitter.com/R6vCpx9XCK
— Shae. (@spookyshae) June 17, 2018
One of the many reasons why the black community finds cultural appropriation offensive is because it is often perceived that when black men and women celebrate their own cultural identities, they can be put down in public. However, when a white man or woman appropriates the culture, it then becomes acceptable.
Examples of cultural appropriation include the transition of rap music from being very limited on MTV to gaining worldwide exposure after bands like Run DMC did a duet with Aerosmith and Vanilla Ice climbing the charts with his song “Ice Ice Baby.”
Many people feel that when a black woman wears her hair in cornrows she is not treated as an iconic example of societal beauty, but when Kim Kardashian wears them, they become a hot trend.
Kim Kardashian is often accused of cultural appropriation for the way her body has changed shape over the years as well.
What do you think? Do you think Kim Kardashian is guilty of cultural appropriation? Should she stop wearing cornrow braids?