The 22-year-old singer appeared on stage at the IHeartRadio Awards with his new hair style and posted several photos of the dreadlocks on his Instagram.
Misguided fans vented their frustrations, arguing that black hair styles are more than a fashion vogue, and cannot simply be culturally appropriated:
“People are annoyed cause when black people wear this style they are stereotyped as druggies and are “unkempt” look at Zendaya for example. She had fake dreads and she was stereotyped, But when people such as JB [...] wears them its suddenly 'the latest trend’.”
Note from the Dude: So it's JB's fault that people with dreads are stereotyped? Don't you see the irony in the fact that JB wearing dreads will actually help to eliminate those stereotypes? So quit your bitchin' already!
Other twitter users ranted like this:
“Dreadlocks are cultural appropriation. we've taught u this before. Your hair is fine as it was.”
Note from the Dude: Enough with the "cultural appropriation" crap. JB is not making fun of another culture or pretending he is African/Jamaican/whatever-- he just thinks the hairstyle is cool. You folks would be the first to howl about freedom of expression if others starting making rules about what clothes or hairstyles you could or couldn't wear. Chill!
The question of white dreadlocks has been at the forefront of social media traffic for the past week, since a video displaying a black student accosting a white student over his dreadlocks amassed more than three million views in three days:
Corey Goldstein (the white student harassed in the video above) responds to the issue here. Hopefully those individuals misinformed over the "cultural appropriation" issue will get over their cultural selfishness and do something that actually benefits other cultures instead of acting like uptight hall monitors.