Gwen Stefani’s ‘dreadlocks’ are dividing the internet and she’s accused of culturally ‘dressing up’
It’s 2022 and Gwen Stefani is once again accused of ripping off another culture with her look – and this time it’s all about dreadlocks.
Netizens blasted Stefani for the ‘dreadlocks’ she appears to be wearing in light my firehis latest video with Jamaican singer Sean Paul.
The video shows Stefani in a black, yellow and green outfit – the colors of the Jamaican flag – with her hair styled in thick braids and tied up high.
“It’s not Gwen Stefani giving her Faye Tozer’s full dreadlocks in a music video in 2022”, wrote a critic.
“No one can own a culture like Gwen Stefani does,” another user wrote, citing a few other problematic moments from the past few decades.
Many of Stefani’s critics have pointed out that we’ve seen her do this sort of thing before. She has worn indigenous clothing, donned a bindi and put her hair in Bantu knots in the past.
British singer Adele was also scammed for wearing Bantu knots at an event a few years ago.
For the record, cultural appropriation means “copying or using the customs and traditions of a particular group or culture”, especially when the copier belongs to a more dominant or powerful group in society, according to the Oxford Dictionary. .
However, her stylist says she’s not wearing dreadlocks in the video — and they talked about cultural appropriation when designing her look.
“It’s not ‘locs,’ it’s fishtail braids and it’s a very white side of hair braids,” stylist Savannah Baker told World Music Views after outrage erupted.
She added that she had a “long conversation about cultural appropriation” with Stefani, and spoke to “various Jamaicans” about the colors before adding them to Stefani’s costume.
Stefani didn’t respond to the outcry, but she had plenty of people to defend her, from fans to some in particular. enthusiastic right-wing experts.
The new video is Sean Paul’s most popular on YouTube in the past four months.