Justin Bieber Comes to Kylie Jenner’s Defense After Amandla Stenberg Slams …

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‘Saying she is being racist is ridiculous’: Justin Bieber defends Kylie Jenner’s cornrow hairstyle photo which sparked Amandla Stenberg race rant.

And after Kylie Jenner posted a picture of herself wearing cornrows which sparked a race rant by actress Amanla Stenberg, singer Justin Bieber has rushed to her defence.At 13, when she starred as Rue in “The Hunger Games,” many white viewers thought she was far too black for the role, even though author Suzanne Collins had described the character as having dark brown skin and eyes.The 16-year-old “Hunger Games” actress criticised Kylie Jenner, 17, for “appropriating black culture” after she posted her picture on Instagram, sporting cronrows. “@novemberskyys when you appropriate black features and culture but fail to use your position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards your wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter,” she wrote. Meanwhile, Kylie Jenner came into fame by association: She is the youngest sister of Kim Kardashian and, like the rest of her family, reality TV royalty.

The powerful post broke down the bullsh*t cultural double standards that plague black women every day. “Black features are beautiful, black women are not,” Stenberg wrote. “White women are paragons of virtue and desire, black women are objects of fetishism and brutality. Kylie Jenner, who recently made a striking appearance with her ice blue hair, replied to the comment, writing, “@amandlastenberg Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do… Go hang with Jaden or something.” This, at least, seems to be the mentality surrounding black femininity and beauty in a society built upon eurocentric beauty standards.” (See the full post below.) Stenberg’s words ring especially true in light of the ongoing discussions about the way the public fetishizes and attacks Serena Williams’ body. She captioned the photo: ‘I woke up like disss.’ Amandla made headlines earlier this year when she released an intelligent and thought-provoking video discussing the issues of cultural appropriation, posing the question: ‘What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?’ In the clip, titled Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows, the teen says: ‘Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated but is deemed as high-fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves. ‘Hip hop stems from a black struggle, it stems from jazz and blues, styles of music African-Americans created to retain humanity in the face of adversity.

As Stenberg points out, mainstream beauty standards privilege white women’s bodies, while neglecting and sexualizing black women, like Williams. “Deeply ingrained into culture is the notion that black female bodies, at the intersection of oppression, are less than human and therefore unattractive,” Stenberg wrote. “When the media is not ignoring black women altogether, they are disparaging them.” Stenberg has been consistently outspoken on issues of race and cultural appropriation. They’re necessary to keep black hair neat.’ Citing stars such as Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, she adds: ‘Pop stars and icons adopted black culture as a way of being edgy and gaining attention.’ Her upcoming series Mr. Kylie can braid her hair, plump up her lips, listen to rap, sell her candy-colored weave and never be called “ghetto.” She can profit off the very racial stereotypes that so often lead to the profiling and brutalization of young black youth.

When Zendaya wore her hair in long, lovely dreadlocks at this year’s Oscars, Giuliana Rancic said the 18-year-old Disney star looked like she smelled of patchouli and weed. She might be the most famous white woman to have worn them, but braided styles go back hundreds on top of hundreds of years in black communities across the world.

While Serena Williams was busy winning Wimbledon over the weekend, The New York Times was talking about her body like it was some kind of alien, with her “large biceps and a mold-breaking muscular frame, which packs the power and athleticism that have dominated women’s tennis for years. Her rivals could try to emulate her physique, but most of them choose not to.” “It’s our decision to keep her as the smallest player in the top 10,” coach Tomasz Wiktorowski said of 5-feet-8, 123-pound Agnieszka Radwanska. “Because, first of all she’s a woman, and she wants to be a woman.” And that’s the sickness of our racial hang-ups.

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