NEW YORK (Fox News) – Kylie Jenner is being accused on Instagram of cultural appropriation for wearing cornrows in her hair. “Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg called out the reality star via the social media site, writing: “Hen u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.”
That message has caused a firestorm of controversy since Jenner posted the pic on Saturday, both for and against Jenner.
Justin Bieber told fans to back off his friend in a lengthy Instagram post, and singled out those who went so far as to call Jenner a racist.
“Guys leave her alone, we’re all trying to figure it out and she happens to be under a microscope,” he wrote. “I’m the first to know this. But saying she’s being racist because she wants her hair in braids is ridiculous. Let’s focus on the bigger picture and instead of fighting over something stupid let’s do something about equality, but it doesn’t start here blasting a 17 year old kid for wearing braids smh.”