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Posted by mkim93 AKP STAFF Sunday, June 11, 2017

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.


The images in question:



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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