The latest in the neverending saga of cross-ethnic exchange is Khloe Kardashian's new hairstyle, which has many on the internet outraged, once again.
Captioning a picture of her new look with the phrase "Bantu babe," Khloe attracted the ire of internet activists for failing to ackowledge the history of her current hair. Khloe deleted the first image and replaced it with this:
Was Khloe backing down from criticism or just picking an image she preferred? Hard to tell!
US Weekly, responding to concerns from commentors, did their research on the style: "Bantu knots originated from South African Zulu tribes — a Bantu ethnic group — centuries ago. Today, Bantu knots are a natural-haired girl’s savior as they create loose, springy curls without using heat. The damp two-strand twists, which are wrapped around repeatedly to create the knots, are usually kept in for a day or so, and unraveled afterwards."
Meanwhile: Khloe's sister, Kylie Jenner, debuted this on Instagram:
The words "cultural appropriation" appear numerous times in the comments on this image as well.
Cries of cultural appropriation have plagued the Kardashian Klan for a while now, and it doesn't look like they've learned their lesson or have any intention of improving on this front. On the other hand, sometimes it seems like the grumpy citizens of the World Wide Web are just looking for something to get angry about.
In conclusion: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯