Amandla Stenberg and Kylie Jenner are in an Instagram feud — over cornrows. Earlier this week, Kylie uploaded a photo where the reality star shows off her new cornrow hairstyle, and without missing a beat, Amandla was all over Jenner for appropriating another culture for her own benefit.
Kylie uploaded the photo to promote her new wig line, according to Jezebel.
Stenberg, very offended by the cornrows, wrote in response to the photo, “When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.”
Jenner, who’s been getting a lot of internet guff lately for her poor choices, immediately responded, “Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do…Go hang w Jaden [Smith] or something,” blatantly referring to Jaden Smith, with whom Amandla Stenberg attended her prom in May, reports the Independent.
Not to be outdone, Amandla Stenberg hopped on her own Instagram account to upload a photo response to what the Huffington Post called “a privileged and famous young white girl like Jenner [parading] around in cornrows and darkened skin without fully understanding that these features have been borrowed.”
“Black features are beautiful. Black women are not. White women are paragons of virtue and desire. While white women are praised for altering their bodies, plumping their lips and tanning their skin, black women are shamed although the same features exist on them naturally,” Amandla Stenberg wrote.
“This double standard is… a web that entraps black women when they claim sexual agency. Deeply ingrained into culture is the notion that black female bodies, at the intersect of oppression, are less than human and therefore unattractive,” Amandla Stenberg continued.
Amandla Stenberg feels strongly about this appropriation, which she calls a “rampant” trend. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Amandla recently released a video in which she takes a stand on the issue.
In the video, titled “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” Amandla Stenberg says, “Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalisations or stereotypes where it originated but is deemed as high fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves.”
While there’s been no response to Amandla Stenberg’s Instagram post from Kylie Jenner, the photo of the reality star wearing cornrows is still on her social media sites.
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