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Debate about cultural appropriation fires up after EXO's Kai is seen with dreadlocks in comeback teasers

By yckim124   Monday, July 10, 2017   140,537   14,941   4



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The debate about cultural appropriation is heating up among international K-Pop fans after Kai was spotted with dreadlocks in EXO comeback teasers. 

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

Kai was the first member of EXO to greet fans with teasers for ''Ko Ko Bop''. In the teaser photos and videos, Kai captivated with his charisma and also surprised many with tattoos and dreads. Out of all, the idol star's hairstyle is gaining the most attention as Kai is accused of cultural appropriation. 

Many expressed concerns about Kai's ''inappropriate'' style. A lot of fans also compared the current controversy to the similar issue regarding GOT7's Jackson

Last month, Jackson received criticism for wearing dreads in a 'Pepsi' ad, which the idol responded, "LOL... that's ridiculous."

Kai sported dreadlocks back in the "Growl" days as well:

While the debate about cultural appropriation with Kai's hairstyle continues, EXO-Ls are receiving criticism for their alleged hypocritical reaction to the issue. 

Comments stated, "Where's the EXO-Ls who came for and dragged Jackson wearing dreads now that Kai is wearing dreads too?", "So nobody gonna talk about Kai's horrible dreads in that EXO teaser? Yall were awfully loud about Jacksons", "They like Kai's dreads and it's ok for some EXO-Ls but when it comes to Jackson it's appropriating culture and it makes him racists. lol ok."

What are your thoughts on the issue regarding Kai's dreadlocks? 

Tip: Kim

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Informer1 Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Okay, here are some key words and topics that I think all should look up and learn about before any more comments are made about this. African Culture, Rastafarianism, Babylon (relates to Rastafarianism), Cultural Erasure vs. Cultural Retention, 'A Head Full of Wool'. And to that person who oh so ignorantly stated that Jamaicans "stole dreadlocs from Africa". I am sooooooooo amazed that someone can make such a statement and feel comfortable about it. For you, I advise that you do some research on AFRICAN SLAVERY IN THE CARIBBEAN and re-evaluate your comments. Furthermore, THANK YOU to those that made valid intellectual arguments (either for or against) about such a topic as it is something that is occurring WORLDWIDE and valid discussions are required for one to make people aware about it. (PS. there is a difference between 'locking' ones hair, which is how dreadlocs are started, and not combing it which will cause hair to tangle and interlock)

tiffi_chi Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I don't understand why it's a problem. The fact that they embraced different cultures of the world, they meaning the entire kpop community, it should be seen as a wonderful thing. Plus there are countless amount of artists (non-Korean) that have gone with the dreadlocks even if they're not from the culture itself. I think that it's childish for knetz to even make a big deal out of nothing.

BigBlueagain tiffi_chi Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It's only a problem for racists.

homincupcakes tiffi_chi Wednesday, July 12, 2017

It's a problem because some people in our community think certain things belong to them because they made it popular. We appropriated it to begin with and nobody cried foul but certain people like to victimize themselves. Sad fact of life.

iciviuja Tuesday, July 11, 2017

hah i knew this was coming when i saw the picture.. so ridiculous..

SalimatouBalde Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I'm honestly tired of hearing the word culture appropriation.

Winston Tuesday, July 11, 2017

As for the Issues about EXO-L and Jackson, i think in the kpop world, whoever has the bigger fandom tends to be able to "bully" the others in their comments. like they can demand why the other group is using the same fan color or why the other fandom is blocking their view, because when it comes to Malicious comments, the bigger fandom can splash more of that. Right now the 2 biggest fandoms is probably ARMYs and EXO-L, i think even MCs in variety shows and talk shows dun dare to offend the idols of these 2 fandoms, for fear of losing their jobs or getting ask to leave the program.

kenza_1990 Tuesday, July 11, 2017

i'm gonna repeat what Jackson has said "LOL....that's ridiculous"

BigBangVIP_NYC Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A lot of people here saying that Kpop artists do dreads/braids because they appreciate the culture. I find that to be 100% incorrect. To them it is ONLY a fashion statement. If they did, they will wear it all the time like that's a SK who appreciate the Rasta culture! ALL others do it ONLY as a fashion statement.

Winston BigBangVIP_NYC Tuesday, July 11, 2017

i dun think its an "appreciation" to speak, but rather they dun really have a choice to choose what hair or hair color to do anyway. just as Song Min ho of Winner has to call his CEO to ask if he can shave his head after betting it on a variety show, their hair style and colors are sometimes not an object of their control.

BigBangVIP_NYC Winston Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Yes their "Stylist" along with their management may determine their looks...but each idol has their unique look and the stylist etc..knows how to dress or style them based on their unique look and taste. Therefore, the stylist goes for what will look "cool or cute," NOT necessarily APPRECIATING the culture the look originated from.

Winston BigBangVIP_NYC Tuesday, July 11, 2017

it could also be for their song concept, I dun think the idols necessary like their hair that the stylists choose, i remember Sandara once said she didnt like the palm tree hair when she debut with Fire also. but i guess it was an "iconic" hairstyle that is still remembered today, like G-Dragon's seaweed hair also.

BigBangVIP_NYC Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The bigger issue here is how others view the look. When an African/African American/Black person wears the look, they are looked on as though it is a bad thing to wear the hair that way....some go as far to say that it looks nasty, unkempt or in the professional world unprofessional. However, when other cultures have the look, everyone goes, "Oh how cute he or she looks." There lies the issue. Why on a black person it looks "bad" when that is their natural hair but on another race of people it looks "cool" when it is fake? Do you see how hypocritical people can be?

teleri BigBangVIP_NYC Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Yes, some people are very hypocritical. And when one of THOSE hypocrites decides to wear dreads or cornrows, while still mocking those of a black person, then THAT is CA. However, just because some people do that does not make every instance of a non-black person wearing either hairstyle immediately CA. THAT is totally erroneous.

homincupcakes BigBangVIP_NYC Tuesday, July 11, 2017

You're generalizing, some people think it's bad. SOME. Just because some people feel this way it doesn't mean everyone agrees. Putting people in boxes isn't going to help unity or anyone to celebrate diversity.

Mitch1 Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The only problem here is the fact that this hairstyle never suited him

neonfighter123 Tuesday, July 11, 2017

It's just a fucking hairstyle and there's no malicious intent, so can everyone calm thy selves.

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