Of course, she totally missed the point.
White celebrities “pretending to be black” have become a moving target on social media.
The appropriation of black culture by white celebrities, particularly young female pop stars, has been a topic of discussion recently, with Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry all accused of it.
Now, professional… famous person Kylie Jenner, 17, has been called out by 16-year-old Amandla Stenberg, who plays Rue in The Hunger Games.
Jenner posted a mirror selfie – which for the uninitiated, is a picture of yourself looking at a picture of yourself on your phone screen, as reflected by a mirror (it’s really deep, you guys) wearing a crop top, low-slung tracksuit pants – and a headful of cornrows. She captioned it, “I woke up like disss.”
Beneath it, Stenberg commented, “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.”
She tagged in a friend, November Skyy Rivera, but it’s not clear why.
The remark has since been deleted, but Vibe has a screenshot of it.
Jenner responded in a predictably clueless way that suggests she missed Stenberg’s point entirely.
She replied, “Mad if I don’t. Mad if I do.. Go hang w Jaden or something,” referring to Jaden Smith, who was Stenberg’s prom date this year.
This writer has no idea what that means. Is Jaden not cool? If wearing Batman outfits to school proms isn’t cool, then I must be old (I am)! Didn’t Kylie and Jaden used to date? How did I know that? Is Kylie a woman scorned? Oh, I miss high school!
Anyway, it’s not the first time that Kylie Jenner, with her increasingly pumped-up lips, super fake tan and cornrows, has drawn criticism for trying on elements of black culture, and it’s not the first time Stenberg’s spoken up about cultural appropriation.