Here we go again! Yet another young starlet in Hollywood has been accused of culturally appropriating a hair style, and this time it’s none other than the beautiful Vanessa Hudgens. The ‘High School Musical’ actress showed off a new braided look on Oct. 23, and fans are pissed! See their tweets, here.
Uh oh! Vanessa Hudgens, 27, showed off a new look on Oct. 23, flaunting long box braids in a half-updo. The Snapchat had “Yaaas braids” written across is as she posed seductively, smizing at the camera. Though it seems to be a wig, fans immediately began thrashing the actress for culturally appropriating African-American culture.
People rushed to Twitter to explain that Vanessa shouldn’t be wearing a hairstyle (or even a wig) from a culture other than her own. It didn’t help her case that she’s done things like this multiple times before. She got in some hot water for wearing a bindi to a music festival, using face paint, putting feathers in her hair and more in the past, and unfortunately she hasn’t learned from her mistakes.
vanessa hudgens got braids i suddenly hate highschool musical
— ️️tram (@melaninrise) October 24, 2016
vanessa hudgens has been cancelled ever since she wore a bindi im not surprised by her braids
— maddie⁶ (@zapseattle) October 24, 2016
ppl need to understand that ppl are upset because vanessa hudgens wore braids whilst previously saying all lives matter not just the braids
— nana🌹🔪🕷 (@nansah_) October 24, 2016
Vanessa Hudgens got lace front box braids? https://t.co/HNUsWOucpX
— SugarCookieGetter (@DoUSeeDisCOAT) October 24, 2016
The fact you're smart but lack on the knowledge of this isn't okay & then thinking wearing those braids are ok after that. @VanessaHudgens
— ㅤ (@selenasmodel) October 24, 2016
Why…does…Vanessa Hudgens…have…box braids……
— Papaya (@Maya_Linn) October 24, 2016
Vanessa Hudgens foreal got braids. Cancelled.
— A (@verytiredgaI) October 24, 2016
@VanessaHudgens you're so trifling for having those braids in your hair 😒
— Jasmine (@curlsofswirls) October 24, 2016
On the other hand, a lot of fans really liked and even defended the look. Some have been saying that braids are a universal hair style that no ethnicity exclusively owns while others insist that because she’s half Irish and half Filipino, she’s technically a person of color so she gets a pass.
Ok guys apparently Vanessa Hudgens is Filipino Irish and Native American… that Filipino is gonna make me sleep ok with her having braids 😂
— JiggyFrom159th (@JiggAlmighty) October 24, 2016
Here's my two cents on cultural appropriation when it comes to hair, namely the Vanessa Hudgens wearing braids 'situation' pic.twitter.com/wCjvfR5SLU
— T.mo (@TJimofo) October 24, 2016
why is everyone so mad at vanessa hudgens for getting braids?? black women get weaves made from caucasian hair all the time??
— s i e n n a (@siennawby) October 24, 2016
*Vanessa Hudgens wears box braids* "That's cultural appropriation" Or maybe people are too sensitive… 🙄😒
— David Zakariah 🎃 (@David_Zakariah) October 24, 2016
So @VanessaHudgens gets braids & everyone freaks? I have been a braid baby since learning my ABCs & I personally Could. Not. Care. Less. 😒💁🏻
— Jai (@thebeliever_jr) October 24, 2016
I DONT CARE WHAT SOME PPL R SAYING. U Look AMAZIN BEAUTIFUL with the braids @VanessaHudgens ❤️
— Prisca❤ (@_Priisciila_) October 24, 2016
Why are people annoyed at Vanessa Hudgens for her braids? Surely she can do anything she wants with her hair, anyone can.
— Megan (@megciarajacob) October 24, 2016
It’s just surprising that these kinds of issues continue to happen and that the same celebrities will do the offending act over and over again. Multiple times, Kylie Jenner (and the rest of the Kardashians) have gotten themselves in trouble by wearing cornrows. Each time the style gets public outrage, but they still don’t stop doing it. When will the learn?
HollywoodLifers, do you think Vanessa was culturally appropriating with her braids or do you think her style is fine? Share your thoughts on the issue with us!