Beyoncé Backlash: What Does Hating on Blue Ivy’s Hair Say About Us?
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Ok folks – we really need to let this one go.
I’ve been reading for some time about the backlash that Queen B’s been getting via cyberspace from people who are chastising her for allegedly “not combing or brushing her daughter’s hair”. As usual, when it comes to hair, most of the divisive comments are coming from the black community. Really?
The collective “we” are absolutely obsessed with this topic. Just type “Blue Ivy” into your search field and you’ll be amazed at the commentary. We have absolutely no reservation about telling Beyoncé what she should or should not do to or with her daughter’s hair.
Over the last few weeks there have been a few pictures of Beyoncé, Jayz and adorable little Blue Ivy shared on the web. If you check out the pics, you’ll see that Blue Ivy’s hair is a beautiful mass of highly textured kinky curly hair. So what’s wrong with that? Apparently a lot if you read the comments; almost all negative:
“Beyonce can’t comb her own hair how can she comb blue’s hair (poor baby).”
“…natural does not mean un-kept please just comb her hair.”
“I personally feel that Blue Ivy’s hair is past the point of combing. Those have to be locks by now”
“Blue Ivy would be so cute if they just combed her hair”
“With Beyonce’s money, team of stylists and PR people in addition to all the free stuff she gets just for being a celeb, there is not reason whatsoever for Blue Ivy to come outside at any given time with parts of her hair matted to her head, half-dressed or looking like she hasn’t had a brush going through her head in ages.”
“Ok black babies have it tough the first year of hair growth but this is ridiculous. HAT PLEASE!!! Billion Dollar Baby looking like a welfare recipient has nothing to do with building character. Wasn’t grandma a beautician??? Blue Ivy is still cute, even with unmanaged hair :-D”
Just more examples of how for some, the three “U’s” apply to ethnic, kinky curly hair: Unkempt, Unruly, Unacceptable.
When are we going to learn to stop hating on each other and accept what makes us different and beautiful? Not anytime soon so it appears from all of the comments. This is a baby for heaven sakes, but not even our young are off limits as we shared during all of the commentary over Gabby Douglas’ hair during the Olympics.
There is one comment that sums up the “to each his own” and “live and let live” mantra we should all try to espouse:
“Everyone has something to say about Blue Ivy’s hair but she woke up in Spain this morning. You woke up in the projects and your rent is due.”
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