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International netizens debate about cultural appropriation after Jackson sports dreadlocks in 'Pepsi' ad

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International fans are in a heated debate about cultural appropriation after GOT7's Jackson sported dreadlocks in his new advertisement for Pepsi China.


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Many international fans and social media users have gone on to his Instagram to state that wearing dreadlocks is a form of cultural appropriation and that he should apologize. In response to this, Jackson said, "LOL...that's ridiculous". He further added, "I don't think I'm the only one doing this and if people are gonna point fingers at this, so be it...haters gon hate. I have all my respect and love for all RACE. But if you think this whole thing is disrespecting or mock a race, I'm really sorry but you are on the wrong page. I made this decision because I was too in love with the culture. No matter if it's music wise, people, background or anything, and I truly respect it with my heart. It's a complete misunderstanding"


The response to Jackson's advertisement and his response has been received both positively and negatively. While there are people who are still criticizing him, many have also come out to defend him as he has an innocent personality and no malicious intent. Some netizens have pointed out that historically speaking, dreadlocks have been in use for thousands of years as far back as 1800 B.C. with the Vedic scriptures of India. It has also been used in numerous cultures such as Buddhism, Rastafari, Greece, and much more, but continues to be a controversial topic even today. 


What do you guys think about the situation and the topic?






A good friend of Jackson, Ben Baller, defends him:



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    AshleyDaUnicorn 9 days ago

    I understand where Jackson is coming from. We all know Jackson would not intentionally appropriate one's culture, but instead, enjoys it and genuinely wants to learn more. Maybe it was the way he addressed the situation or was ignorant of why it was such a controversy.

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    KingKendrick 9 days ago

    Blacks been borrowing from asians for a long time Wutang clan? please S/SE asians have always been welcoming to black people, see Yasuke the BLACK samurai, yet when asians try and rap and enjoy hip hop these blacks are the first to go racist bunch of hypocrites man, go and watch any rap battle with an asian in it, asians never go and play racist but blacks and whites do, Blacks are just as racist as white people when it comes to asians.KungFu Kenny anyone? if Jackie Chan had a alter ego named Watermelon Jones or Fried Chicken Jonson everyone would lose their shit.

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    mineback 10 days ago

    Jackson is a racist MF. This isn't the first time he's disrespecting black culture, and it won't be the last. google it by yourself "Jackson Blackface"

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    KingKendrick mineback 9 days ago

    'Kung Fu Kenny' Is Just The Latest Example Of Hip-Hop's Fascination With Martial Arts Kungfu Kenny? Kendrick Lamar is racist as shit, if Jackie Chan had an alter Ego named Fried Chicken Demarcus or Watermelon Jones everyone would lose their shit, stfu blacks wanting to feel special again, S/SE asians have never enslaved black people and in fact have welcomed them with open arms, see Yasuke the black samurai stfu blacks been "borrowing" from asians for a while yet they the first one to ridicule asians who try to rap or dress like them but when its vice versa it's ignored.

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    Xav12 mineback 7 days ago

    Now you being a racist prick right now... He already apologized.. You think they were given a full lesson about race? No..

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    BTSlt3 mineback 5 days ago

    Nah who the fuck are you to say that bout Jackson? people need to let this go now and stop being racist... this comment just pissed me off...bye.

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    yeonjungsoul 11 days ago

    "its just a hairstyle" YEAH I wish students who were expelled or the many people who lost their jobs or who were not hired could've said the same thing. Ya'll do not understand the point at all. If ur white or a non black poc and telling black people how to feel and not overreact just shut tf up. When black people wear it, the general public sees them as "ghetto" and r looked down upon. But when other races wear it, its a fashion statement or something that makes them look cool or edgy..

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    robin1 yeonjungsoul 10 days ago

    What does that have to do with Jackson?

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    robin1 yeonjungsoul 10 days ago

    Stop trying to put our plight (well I'm half black) out there for consumption. Keep that shit in house and stop projecting your insecurities about hair onto others.

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    Alastair yeonjungsoul 10 days ago

    I don't know why so many people expect others not born, raised and educated in US history to understand the historical hardship of black people in the US. The hairstyle double standard is mainly found in the US, and not in other countries that are a pretty homogenous ethnic group. There is a difference between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation.You can't expect someone to know everything about everything. That's not fair, especially if they are a part of an ethnic group that heavily benefited from the discrimination of black folk.

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    teleri yeonjungsoul 10 days ago

    What you are describing is a double standard, racism, discrimination. NOT cultural appropriation. IF the person expelling ~sic~ a black girl with dreads has them herself, then THAT'S cultural appropriation ie taking something identified with one culture while ridiculing and demeaning the culture as a whole. These KPop kids ADORE Black culture (US blacks). They slavishly imitate their idols, copy the styles & the music. That is NOT 'cultural appropriation', people. Now those Koreans who love KPop but then turn around to discriminate & otherwise be racist against black people from the US, THAT'S cultural appropriation.

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    KingKendrick yeonjungsoul 9 days ago

    Lol is Kendrick Lamar Cultural Appropriating too? Kungfu Kenny? gtfo Wutang Clan? please blacks been borrowing shit from asians for a long time.

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    KingKendrick teleri 9 days ago

    'Kung Fu Kenny' Is Just The Latest Example Of Hip-Hop's Fascination With Martial Arts Kungfu Kenny? Kendrick Lamar is racist as shit, if Jackie Chan had an alter Ego named Fried Chicken Demarcus or Watermelon Jones everyone would lose their shit, stfu blacks wanting to feel special again, S/SE asians have never enslaved black people and in fact have welcomed them with open arms, see Yasuke the black samurai stfu blacks been "borrowing" from asians for a while yet they the first one to ridicule asians who try to rap or dress like them but when its vice versa it's ignored.

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    teleri KingKendrick 9 days ago

    Is this to me??? Cause you are making no sense if so....

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    kaice_cream Alastair 9 days ago

    I agree with this so much. It just isn't fair to them, especially since it's obvious that they don't mean to ridicule anything.

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    Alastair kaice_cream 9 days ago

    True, people that have those kinds of expectations must think US history (especially American slavery) is taught world wide, which is not the case. Makes no sense why they think, and end up holding people to standards they won't understand till after the damage is done. It's unfair and unrealistic.

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    Alastair 12 days ago

    These people just needed something to yell about. It's a fucking hairstyle, not a religious headdress. Get over yourselves. This is getting ridiculous. I'm a Nigerian American that from NY, and I'm getting sick of this nonsense

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    morfeo 12 days ago

    This is completely ridiculous, It´s as if they criticize the korean singers for using english or spanish in their songs.

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    cocomonkey 12 days ago

    The problem with this is that people don't know what is wrong and what is fine now a days. Cultural appropriation is when one race takes something from another race and acts like it was their to begin with or is something new. Jackson didn't do that. He just has locks (try not to use dreads) as a hairstyle...nothing wrong with that and this is coming from a African american person. People need to calm down a bit.

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    Xav12 12 days ago

    The idea of ‘cultural appropriation’ sums up everything rotten in today’s intensifying politics of identity. It’s fuelled by the borderline racist idea that to mix cultures is bad. The PC rage against cultural appropriation is ultimately a demand for cultural segregation, for black people, white people, Latinos, gay people, women and every other racial, gender or sexual group to stick with their own culture and people and not allow themselves to be diluted by outsiders

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    tomtomexo Xav12 12 days ago

    Yes, and I get the respecting one's culture, but I don't yell at foreigners for wearing a qipao (Chinese clothing for women). That is rude and maybe they want to try it for fun, not appropriate it.

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    Jeon_Sora 12 days ago

    'You can't hate someone for a hairstyle'. I agree that it does sound ridiculous. However, black people all over the world, not just in America, were and are still being ridiculed and discriminated against for having dreadlocks despite it being easier on their hair. Sure. Dreads were used in different places in history by non-black people. But it's only associated with black culture. And that's why it was always looked down upon. But what? Because a couple of white people wore it, it's a fashion trend now for anyone to wear? Hell no! It belongs only to black people and to wear it to make yourself look good, that's profiting on black culture, while black people are being oppressed and it is inherently racist, even if the intentions are not. His quick dismissal is just salt on the wound.

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    mdhen01 Jeon_Sora 12 days ago

    Just because you and your friend wear the same shirt, and a stranger say is looks good on your friend but not you, doesn't mean that she can no longer wear that shirt.

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    okkkkkk mdhen01 12 days ago

    why are you comparing a shirt to culture ?

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    mdhen01 okkkkkk 12 days ago

    It a hairstyle, nothing else

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    yeonjungsoul mdhen01 11 days ago

    ur fucking dumb for comparing a shirt to a hairstyle with a lot of bad history behind it

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    mdhen01 yeonjungsoul 11 days ago

    You're a fucking close minded idiot for getting all butt hurt over a fucking hairstyle. Get over it,

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    teleri Jeon_Sora 10 days ago

    Dreads do not only belong to black people, honey. I am totally against ANYONE being discriminated against just because they wear dreads, or 'too many braids' ~sigh~ - but I also am totally against this attempt to segregate people into cultures. Some of us DON'T HAVE one single group to be assigned to, for one. In the US it is a MELTING POT. Tons of us (BTW including so-called Blacks who often have more European ancestry than African) are such mixes that we get yelled at by the 'purists' for doing anything. Some foolish people have actually expressed distress than I perform beledi. Johnny Depp got TOTAL hate for playing Tonto despite the blessings of that tribe of native Americans who worked with him in that film PLUS the fact that he himself has some native American ancestry. I've seen lots of this kind of despicable nonsense. Bottom line, dreads belong to humanity. Deal with it. Save your hate for people who actually ARE racist, dear. Plenty of those crawling out of the woodwork now, thanks to that Cheeto in the White House :(

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    KingKendrick Jeon_Sora 9 days ago

    'Kung Fu Kenny' Is Just The Latest Example Of Hip-Hop's Fascination With Martial Arts. Is Kendrick Lamar Cultural Appropriating? Kungfu Kenny? Wutang Clan? Westerners be they black white etc have been "borrowing" from asians.

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    Gallifreyan7 12 days ago

    Seriously? It's just a hairstyle. He's not making fun of anyone or doing anything wrong. People need to chill.

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