The event dropped on Amazon on Friday and was largely praised online for its celebration and wardrobe meant for all shapes of bodies, groot en klein. Egter, some of the body positivity took a back seat for some when they noticed that celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens en Emily Ratajkowski were styled with braids. Many deemed it a look exclusive to Black people and accused the show of appropriating Black culture.
It didn’t take long before many viewers took to social media to call Rihanna and the show out for its use of braids.
“rihanna has white mfs in braids for the savage x fenty show…” het een gebruiker geskryf.
“why did rihanna let vanessa hudgens and emily ratajkowski wear braids in the fenty show,” another wrote.
“Now why the hell did Rihanna have white dancers in braids on the fenty x savage show…” a third user noted.
“lmao rihanna putting vanessa hudgens and emrata in braids is unsurprising at this point. no further comments,” 'n ander gebruiker het geskryf.
“did rihanna really chose/approved these yt girls wearing braids and cornrows… like wtf… suddenly the billions blinded her?” iemand anders het geskryf.
The two women are hardly the first to be accused of cultural appropriation for styling themselves in braids. Albei Kim Kardashian en Kylie Jenner have been called out over cultural appropriation in the past for attending public events while sporting braids. Intussen, Justin Bieber was mocked earlier this year when he debuted dreadlocks, a style his critics said was an appropriation of Black culture.