Whoopi Goldberg to Black Women: Wearing 'White Lady Hair' Is Cultural Appropriation
What's really good, Whoopi?
Sometimes we forget that just because these celebrities are very talented in a specific field, whether it be sports, arts, design, etc, doesn't mean they have all the answers. More times than not, I would rather they just do what we love them for and keep it moving.
In today's chapter of "but who even asked you?" the ladies of The View discussed the controversial Kendall Jenner Pepsi commercial, that showed Jenner ending the tension between protesters and police officers by offering a can of Pepsi. I know, we still can't believe it. The ad has since been removed but it's still the hot topic of conversations. Whoopi Goldberg who agreed that the ad was tasteless, says she is tired of people over-using the term "cultural appropriation."
“It’s just a crappy idea, it didn’t work. [But] this cultural appropriation stuff is really starting to make me crazy. If we’re gonna go with cultural appropriation, wear natural hair. If we’re wearing white lady hair, isn’t that appropriation as well?” Goldberg asked. She continued with, “Listen, now, there are some things where you can say ‘Hey, you need to be more sensitive,’ but this ain’t one of them. This is a bad commercial, that didn’t work.”
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Let's run that back real quick, Whoopi. I know it's been years that you've been a part of the dread gang but what exactly is "white lady hair?" There are black people BORN with all different types of hair. Natural hair coming from a black person's head does not automatically mean "kinky/nappy" it can be straight, curly, wavy, etc. Our hair also comes in different colors--black, brown, red, blonde. That's the beauty of our hair. The last time I checked, these bundles you criticize so much aren't coming from the heads of white women. Black women wear the weaves along with other styles such as braids, twists and even wigs as protective styles from the weather, damaging products, expensive salons and a whole list of reasons. Not because we want to look white, be white or be a part of their culture. Believe that.
Co-host Sunny Hostin brought up the point that we all asked, why didn't Jenner question the ad from the beginning? She said, "when you have been in this business for 10 years and in 2015 she already got reprimanded because she wore cornrows, she already had a taste of controversy. I think she should have known better."
That's exactly what we're saying. Instead of caping for privileged white women by putting down black women, let's bring attention to the real issue here. The ad was problematic and it deserved to be taken down. Try again, Whoopi.
Check out the entire discussion below.