As far as Hollywood celebrities go, Zac Efron is fairly uncontroversial.
He can sing and dance and act and we like looking at his face very much.
But his latest Instagram post has thrown him into the centre of a raging debate in the US, and fans are divided.
In an Instagram post shared yesterday with the caption “just for fun”, Zac Efron debuted his new summer look.
The dramatic hair transformation is a long way from Zac’s signature slicked-back hairdo and fans were quick to share their thoughts.
“Looking good! I can’t believe people are so dramatic. Don’t listen to the haters,” one commenter wrote.
“I’m literally pregnant after looking at this,” wrote another fan.
But while some fans loved Zac’s new look, others loathed it, deeming it cultural appropriation.
“For… fun? This is fun? Cultural appropriation?” one person commented on Zac’s Instagram.
“Y’all can stick with y’all hair and leave the black hairstyles to the professionals,” wrote another.
On Twitter, discussions were rife over whether Zac should be accused of cultural appropriation.
Honest question, why is it bad that Zac Efron has dreads? Or that Kim K does whatever it is she has done with her hair? Why can’t it be taken as a compliment that one culture wants to adopt certain elements of another?
— Caila Wright (@CailaWright) July 6, 2018
Zac Efron got dreads. I am disgusted.
— ????????????????????????. (@uniquejjk) July 5, 2018
Dreads? What were you thinking?@ZacEfron Get you’re head in the game!
— Harriet Anne Burstow (@HarrietAnneB) July 6, 2018
in honor of zac efron getting dreads pic.twitter.com/uKqxOfUN7z
— ???? (@jesskedd) July 5, 2018
As many of you know, Zac Efron has dreadlocks now. I ask that you please respect my privacy in this trying time. Thank you.
— Dark Genevieve (@gggenevieveee) July 6, 2018
Kim Kardashian was also recently accused of appropriating a traditional black hairstyle when she wore fulani braids to the MTV Movie & TV Awards.
Speaking to Bustle at the time, Kim explained how her daughter North was the inspiration behind the style.
“In no way am I ever trying to disrespect anyone’s culture by wearing braids. If anything, my daughter was so excited to see me get matching braids with her. [When] we did her hair in these braids, she was so excited,” Kim said.
What do you think? Should Zac Efron be slammed for his new dreadlocks?