Justin Bieber took to the stage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards over the weekend, performing his singles “Love Yourself” and “Company.” However, some people focused more on his new hairstyle, rather than his performance.
The pop star shocked fans when he showed up with dreadlocks, which he shared on Instagram a few days prior. The reaction, however, hasn’t been all positive.
The Internet has accused Bieber of cultural appropriation. You can read some of the backlash below, via Twitter.
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 4, 2016
Bieber got dreads. There's your (unwanted) daily dose of cultural appropriation.
— Sam Whiteout (@samwhiteout) April 3, 2016
Justin Bieber got dreads *culture appropriation deep sigh*
— name cannot be blank (@IktGuy) April 3, 2016
wait what justin bieber has dreads?? 😳 wow bieber being dumb and racist is totally out of character for him! im so shocked!!
— brooke: the internet’s best friend (@parxmas) April 3, 2016
Seth Rogen seemed to appreciate the dreads, because he used to have them too.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 3, 2016