Khloé Kardashian is accused of cultural appropriation after wearing her hair in cornrows
Cultural appropriation is a hot-button topic, and it's always one that's going to inspire heated debate. Is it a subtle form of racism manifesting as culture theft? Or is it ultimately something harmless that people are getting unduly worked up about? It all depends on your personal point of view.
The latest person to end up dragged into the debate is reality TV Khloé Kardashian, who has been accused this week of cultural appropriation thanks to a hairstyle which some people have called insensitive.
The last time Khloé caused this kind of fuss was when she dressed as Diana Ross:
This week, Khloé posted a number of pictures of herself lounging at the beach in a one-piece swimsuit with her baby daughter, True, alongside friends Malika Haqq and Khadijah Haqq McCray. However, a number of fans and followers took issue with the fact that she was modelling a new cornrow hairstyle.
Her detractors accused Khloé of appropriating a black hairstyle as a white woman, and they weren't shy about taking to the comments to criticise her. For instance, one person stated: "You don't have to leave but please leave that hairstyle behind."
Meanwhile, another commenter wrote: "Just because ur child is black doesn't mean u get to rock OUR cornrows 🙄 [sic]"
This isn't the first time that Khloé has incurred this kind of controversy. Back in March she became embroiled in a major furore on social media, after attending the legendary singer Diana Ross' 75th birthday party while dressed up as the iconic diva, with some critics calling her costume a subtle form of blackface.
Not only that, but she was also criticised by actress and activist Jameela Jamil, after advocating meal replacements in a sponsored Instagram post.
Man, Khloé really knows how to make an accidental faux pas. Is she in the wrong? Or are her followers getting bent out of shape over a minor issue?
And finally, let's all remember that incredible time Khloé completely ignored Tristian at True's first birthday party: