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Justin Bieber has been accused of cultural appropriation after showing off his dreadlocks on Instagram.
The Canadian singer was previously criticised after adopting the style in 2016 and he's now sporting the controversial style once again.
His new look was also on display in a poolside snap with his wife Hailey:
But while many Beliebers think the hairdo looks great, others couldn't beliebe what they were seeing, accusing the 'Love Yourself' singer of cultural appropriation:
Maybe if Justin Bieber went back to being pre-2017 hot again we could let his cultural appropriation slide just ONE more time... but he ain't hot any more... so unfortunately he has to understand that his appropriation will no longer be tolerated @justinbieber pic.twitter.com/rcs9bwLAAc
- j (@dullspiderwebs) April 25, 2021
I still cringe at my pre-sobriety choices. Especially having locks in my hair as it's cultural appropriation & offensive. I was 20 when I cut them off forever (2014). I don't understand how Bieber had them once (2016), got called out & now has them again...we are the same age♂️
- Ryan Cassata (@ROCassataMusic) April 25, 2021
Now Justin Bieber has dreads - isn't that cultural appropriation?
- Shay (@sharisewalker_) April 25, 2021
Cultural appropriation bieber wbk pic.twitter.com/ryF6WZt09L
- :two_hearts:• :a:• (@kittwerkat) April 26, 2021
In Rastafarianism, dreadlocks are a spiritual symbol, and when the likes of Bieber adopt the style, many argue it is a form of cultural appropriation.
The 27-year-old was condemned when he last sported the hairstyle, but clearly he hasn't been put off.
Responding to the initial criticism in 2016, he posted a video with the caption: "Being weird is fun if u r not weird I don't like you."
LADbible has contacted Bieber's reps for comment.
Zac Efron was previously accused of the same charge in 2018 after he revealed that he had gotten dreadlocks 'just for fun'.
Commenting on the post, one person said: "No dude. Don't do this. I say this as a white woman who grew up incredibly ignorant in North Dakota and had dreads when I was 19. Don't. Do. This."
Another added: "You have been afforded so much privilege and world experiences that should also inform you that dreadlocks on white people is cultural appropriation. It's really that simple."
Others argue that the hairstyle can be traced to ancient civilisations across the globe and that labelling the above examples as cultural appropriation is reductive.
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