'This is so wrong': Justin Bieber called out for cultural appropriation after posting dreadlocks photo

Ellie Spina
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Justin Bieber is being accused of cultural appropriation after posting a photo of himself sporting dreadlocks in a new Instagram photo.

This is the second time the "Peaches" singer has come under fire for wearing dreadlocks since 2016 — but seemingly, that hasn't stopped him. He shared a set of photos showing off his new' do, alongside three palm tree emojis.

"Why though?" one person commented

"This one could’ve stayed in the drafts," someone else chimed in. 

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"Dreads? Are you serious?" another commented.

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"Not the locks again, Justin," wrote another.

"For someone who claims to be so 'woke' about the Black Lives Matter movement, this sure is ignorant of you," said another commenter.

One person pointed out that Bieber's latest hairstyle comes from a position of white privilege. 

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"I absolutely adore you! But it is really, really important you understand why dreads are not something you should be doing as a cis white man with incredible privilege," they wrote. "I know you know that. And you’re not a bad person Justin! At all. And the choice to do dreads should be met with accountability."

"I’m so disappointed in you," another wrote. "Your Black fans are hurt. Wish you would open up and learn."

Someone else called Bieber out for not caring enough about his Black supporters. 

"Why do you not care about your Black fans telling you to take out your dreads?" they commented.

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In June, Bieber released a statement via social media, vowing to advocate for change amid racial injustice, and admitting to benefitting from Black culture.

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"I am inspired by Black culture," he wrote. I have benefited off of Black culture."

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"My style, how I sing, dance, perform, and my fashion has all been influenced and inspired by Black culture," the 27-year-old said at the time. "I am committed to using my platform this day forward to learn, to speak up about racial injustice and systemic oppression, and to identify ways to be a part of much-needed change."

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