Halloween is upon us, which means tiny candies, and pumpkin spiced lattes. It also means that it's time to have some uncomfortable conversations about cultural appropriation. This hot topic flares up around this time of year, as everyone dresses up for Halloween. Certain costumes have been known to appropriate different minority cultures and generally make a mockery of a group they don't belong to, whether they are intentional or not.
You probably heard about Megyn Kelly and her latest scandal: she said on her show that when she was a kid, blackface was accepted and that she doesn't see a problem with it. She later apologized for her comments and had a few POC guests come on the show to explain why she was wrong about the whole situation.
It's been a rough week for cultural appropriation issues. Another scandal has popped up, this time on the pages of Vogue featuring Kendall Jenner. Or, was it a scandal? Twitter wasn't so sure what to think.
This week Kendall Jenner appeared in an ad campaign for "Vogue."
via: Getty ImagesShe was photographed wearing the Brock Collection, in an effort to advertise their new collection.
Though, some people had issues with the shoot.
Kendall Jenner for Vogue US. https://t.co/1X1ZebebFd— lines and actors (@lines and actors)1539705679.0
Kendall's hair is teased into a large pouf on top of her head.
via: Getty ImagesNormally, the model and reality star has long, straight hair.
A lot of people weren't happy with her look.
Some even called the photos cultural appropriation.
via: Getty ImagesThey said that Vogue should have hired an African American model for the shoot, instead of Jenner.
Thinkpieces were written on the matter.
Instead of hiring a Black model, Vogue just teased Kendall Jenner's hair into an afro and called it a day. https://t.co/DACk1NYRDr— theGrio.com (@theGrio.com)1540243800.0
People had questions about the hiring choices that were made.
Hey, Quick Question — Why did 'Vogue' put Kendall Jenner in an Afro instead of hiring a black model? https://t.co/UFezlChnfY— Fashionista.com (@Fashionista.com)1540221450.0
As usual, social media was divided on the issue.
Many people were rightfully annoyed.
Kendall Jenner’s latest controversy 😬 I swear babygirl enjoys pissing black peoples off. I can’t even wait for h… https://t.co/1vYMX9gSIa— Ibrahim Banks 🤴🏽🥂 (@Ibrahim Banks 🤴🏽🥂)1540381590.0
Others thought that the magazine was going for a different look.
I dunno about this whole Kendall Jenner cultural appropriation thing. I think that obviously the Kardashian-Jenner’… https://t.co/KhdghYBMsJ— Ash Sarkar (@Ash Sarkar)1540379017.0
It resembled many other looks.
@TheRealDaytime I'm getting an 1800' feel https://t.co/TUxOl9yyKR— Shay (@Shay)1540305408.0
Was it really an afro?
Did Kendall Jenner even really have an Afro in that picture...it just looked like teased hair... https://t.co/MolDT8aC4h— lul yawn (@lul yawn)1540340427.0
A lot of people compared Kendall's hair to a real afro.They concluded that the two hairstyles weren't as similar as we might have thought.
Some people thought she should keep the hairstyle.
@TheRealDaytime It’s fashion. We ain’t claiming that hairstyle 😂— Krystal A. Livingston (@Krystal A. Livingston)1540303996.0
Others thought it didn't matter either way.
Doesn’t matter if Kendall is rocking a “real Afro” or not. Folks are tired of her (and the Hadids) overexposure, oc… https://t.co/1KxYI2iN9J— Aiesha Is Typing... (@Aiesha Is Typing...)1540399377.0
Some believed the whole thing was a publicity stunt.A fake controversy to drum up attention doesn't sound completely out of a Kardashian ballpark.
Other Twitter users were suspicious.
@theGrio Where's the original source of all this alleged twitter rage? I haven't seen a single ragey comment. Not t… https://t.co/jfHDXIAkro— Autumn Bradshaw (@Autumn Bradshaw)1540337192.0
Less than a day later, the magazine apologized.
via: ShutterstockAnd they clarified their intent for the photoshoot.
Their statement read:
via: Shutterstock"The image is meant to be an update of the romantic Edwardian/Gibson Girl hair which suits the period feel of the Brock Collection, and also the big hair of the '60s and the early '70s, that puffed-out, the teased-out look of those eras. We apologize if it came across differently than intended, and we certainly did not mean to offend anyone by it."
Basically, people were right that the shoot was meant to copy historical hairstyles.
via: ShutterstockIt wasn't intended to look like an afro.
The "Gibson Girl" was the feminine ideal for women in the early 1900s.Gibson girls had tiny waists, large busts and hips, and of course, big hair. So the good news is, it's wasn't cultural appropriation. The bad news it was depicting a historic unrealistic body standard that women were once expected to uphold.
Some people thought Vogue's apology was unnecessary.
Honestly, Kendall Jenner's hairdo looks more like the 18th century meets the '80s. @voguemagazine's PR team shouldn… https://t.co/mST39MViTx— Maria Sosyan (@Maria Sosyan)1540332338.0
Some people identified with the teased out 80s look.Regretfully.
Still, some were not satisfied.
I think the kicker is their shitty apology. “The teased out hair of the 60s and 70s.... we didn’t mean to offend”.… https://t.co/iYaItRT8sA— TayBreeHines (@TayBreeHines)1540376325.0