ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Justin Bieber Slammed for Cultural Appropriation as his new Dreadlock Hairstyle is Captured on Instagram

Updated on April 4, 2016

The 22 year old singer posted several selfies on Instagram in the past 24 hours, showcasing the controversial hairstyle. There have been thousands of comments, ranging from some in support/admiration of the singer, some merely saying the new hair doesn't suit him, and others talking about cultural appropriation.

The controversy in a white person wearing dreadlocks stems from the belief that taking something that belongs to one culture and claiming it as your own without facing the same systematic oppression of that culture, is morally unacceptable. It is also about a lack of knowledge, understanding and experience with which people take issue.

Initially, it was fans that questioned Bieber, now it is the news media, and a wider proportion of society. Within the early debate on the photo sharing app, the discussion surrounding cultural appropriation was split – a high volume of people commenting “it is just hair” or similar notions. One user commented “it's not 'just hair' – it's a style that is part of a culture that can't just be taken by [other] people”.

Is the new Justin Bieber hairstyle problematic? Is it a symbol of white entitlement? At the time of publication, the pop star is yet to comment on the topic. If nothing else, celebrities choosing these hairstyles can only push the debate further, and create a wider public discourse on the issue. Although, if by the time Justin appears in public, or posts a photo to his 64 million followers, it is already at odds with public opinion – his platform being so substantial.

This isn't the first time he has hit the headlines for similar reasons. Months ago Justin posted a photo of his hair, this time braided – although it was more short-lived. It is still interesting to consider that in comparison with this. Is it the involvement of the media that has bought it to a more general audience? His Instagram account bio features the line: “help change the world”... a sentiment that is perhaps not backed up in light of this news.

Bieber is still promoting his 2015 album 'Purpose'. It is often said that this has a different demographic in comparison with his earlier albums, not least as a result of his collaborations with Skrillex and Diplo. It will be interesting to see how his fans continue to react, and when / if he responds to criticism of the dreadlocks.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)