Katy Perry still loves cultural appropriation
It’s nice that we can rely on Katy Perry to deliver some cute and casual appropriation from time to time.
Over the weekend, the 32-year-old — who has repeatedly come under fire for her various forays into appropriation — posted a picture of herself with a new hairstyle. “Katy Kardashian,” she wrote, surely proud of how clever she was. Sites like Just Jared are referring to the hairstyle as “boxer braids,” which is incorrect. Those are two oversized cornrows, a style commonly worn by black women that are apparently now in vogue among celebrities like Perry and Kim Kardashian. On the one hand, it’s like — maybe Katy Perry, like the many stars before her who borrow from black culture in a way to seem cooler — should be able to rock these so-called boxer braids. On the other hand, black women are discouraged from wearing their hair in natural styles such as this one, especially in the workplace where it can often be seen as “unprofessional.”
I suppose there isn’t a thing that doesn’t inspire Perry. She’s an equal opportunist borrower.