Justin Bieber debuts new buzzcut after shearing off locs that sparked cultural appropriation backlash

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 17: Justin Bieber performs during the Triller Fight Club: Jake Paul v Ben Askren at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)
Justin Bieber has shaved off his locs. (Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller) (Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images)

Justin Bieber has shown off a new buzzcut hairdo following cultural appropriation accusations for his previous look.

Never Say Never singer Bieber had his locs shaved off and debuted his new image by posting a photo for his fans on social media.

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He shared a selfie with wife Hailey Bieber to showcase the results of his trip to the barber, captioning it: "Happy Sunday."

Bieber, 27, also gave fans a close-up look at the buzzcut in his Instagram stories with a before picture of his dreadlocks and an after photo in black and white of his shaved head.

Fashion designer Jerry Lorenzo, who has worked with Bieber on his tour outfits, wrote: "Looks good bro."

Singer Ryan Tedder commented: "SHAAAAAAAVED BRUH."

And wife Hailey showed her approval by simply posting a smiley face emoji.

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When Bieber posted photos of his locs earlier this year, he drew criticism over his cultural appropriation of the hairstyle.

The singer faced a similar backlash in 2016 when he opted for cornrows.

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Commenting on his locs photo in April, one fan wrote: “J, please educate yourself on cultural appropriation… You shouldn’t be wearing dreads… With love.”

Someone else added: “This is cultural appropriation… I know you can do better."

Co-founder of natural hair organisation the Halo Collective Stephanie Cohen told The Guardian: "When I see a white person in mainstream media sporting a Black hairstyle, it makes me angry.

“I’m angry because this standard does not exist when a Black person simply wears their hair in this way. You can’t just wear something so historically significant and ignore the struggles behind what the hairstyle purports.

“My reasoning and understanding of someone wearing something not specific to their culture or ethnicity is that if they cannot speak for Black or minority rights [and] be a consistent ally – then they have no right to wear something like locs.”

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