It seems unlikely that Kylie Jenner is a racist, despite Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg openly attacking her for “ culture missapropriation,” after the Keeping Up With The Kardashian star posted a picture of herself wearing cornrows to her 29 million Instagram followers.
Justin Beiber – himself, not a stranger to being the centre of controversy – stepped in to defend his gal-pal.
"Guys leave her alone, were all trying to figure it out and she happens to be under a microscope! I'm the first to know this," Justin wrote next to said picture on Instagram. "But saying she's being racist because she wants her hair in braids is ridiculous. Lets focus on the bigger picture and instead of fighting over something stupid lets do something about equality, but it doesn't start here blasting a 17 year old kid for wearing braids smh."
It’s not often we find ourselves agreeing with Beiber – but this is one of them (and we're impressed with his new grown up attitude.) If anything, Kylie and the Kardashian clan promote multiculturalism. They have an Armenian background and Kris, Kim and Kylie are in bi-racial relationships, while Khloe was previously married to black basketball player Lamar Odom. Kim in particular is married and has a child with Kanye (with another on the way.) If anything, surely they should be celebrated for promoting racial cohesion, not the other way round?
Kylie brushed off Amandla’s words when they were first posted, referencing shared friend Jaden Smith. She wrote "@amandlastenberg Mad if I don't, Mad if I do…. Go hang w Jaden or something." She has not deleted the post.
Meanwhile, Amandla retaliated on Twitter, saying, "End the 'angry black girl' narrative. It's just another attempt to undermine certain perspectives. I have strong opinions. I am not angry."