The Hunger Games starlet, Amandla Stenberg, has lashed out against Kylie Jenner for appropriating black culture.
She’s also our new favourite celebrity feminist and social activist, FYI.
Stenberg is peeved about one of Jenner’s most recent Instagram posts, in which the 17-year-old reality personality is seen posing for a selfie sporting baggy grey sweatpants, a matching grey crop top, and a tight set of cornrows atop her head.
The photo’s caption reads, “I woke up like disss.”
According to Us Weekly, Stenberg responded to the photo, which has earned over 1 million likes and 100,000 comments, with this: “@novemberskyys 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 responded to Stenberg’s remarks with, “Mad if I don’t. Mad if I do…Go hang w Jaden or something.”
Jenner is referring to Jaden Smith, who was Stenberg’s prom date earlier this year, and who also happens to be Jenner’s ex-boyfriend.
Not all celebrities choose to use their social influence to advocate for civil rights, but Stenberg is quite the political activist who argues that privileged white America is big into exploiting and adopting aspects of black culture, yet it does little to support the black community overcome racial segregation.
In early spring, the 16-year-old released a powerful video called “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows,” where she targets some of today’s biggest music stars for making bank on black culture.
She makes note of the fact that hairstyles and fashions popularized by black pop icons have become mainstream trends among white artists due in part to stars like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea. Yet, as much as these stars seem to relish in partaking in aspects of black culture, very few make their voices heard when it comes to taking a stand against police brutality and racism that is still prevalent against the black community.
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