Kim Kardashian has been accused of 'cultural appropriation' for wearing braids, again

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Kim Kardashian has been accused of cultural appropriation for wearing her hair in braids, again.

Arriving at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Saturday night, the 37-year-old walked the red carpet with her mother, Kris Jenner.

But, while Kardashian is used to causing a sartorial stir, it wasn’t the reality star’s ensemble that fired up controversy this time round.

Instead, it was the fact that she wore her hair in braids despite having been heavily criticised for wearing them previously.

The controversial look served as a painful reminder of the moment Kardashian debuted the hairstyle on her Snapchat story back in January.

Followed by a series of Instagram photos, she referred to the look as “Bo Derek” braids after movie star Bo Derek, who wore the hairstyle in the 1979 film 10.

At the time, critics called out Kardashian for cultural appropriation to which she simply replied, “Hi, can I get zero f***s please? Thanks.”

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Proving that she really didn’t care what people thought about her decision to wear braids, Kardashian wore the hairstyle again and people were quick to respond with accusations of cultural appropriation.

“Isn’t this cultural appropriation?” one person commented, while someone else added: “It’s not cute to appropriate my culture. Your privilege is really showing.”

Another person wrote: “Kim Kardashian in these braids is exhausting. The most annoying part is that at this point she knows what she’s doing, she knows what cultural appropriation is and that it upsets people yet she still chooses to do it.”

She did have some fans on her side though, many of whom defended the star’s right to wear her hair how she wants.


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“This cultural appropriation shit is getting on my damn nerves. If Kim Kardashian wants to wear braids then she will wear braids,” someone commented.

Another added: “It’s a hairstyle, get over it.