Demi Lovato Accused of Being Racist Again, This Time for Her Hairstyle
Demi Lovato, the celebrity who made it known to all that she’s 1% African, is back at it again with being problematic. The former Disney Channel star is featured on Cheat Codes‘ song, “No Promises,” which is great and all…minus the fact that she may have worn dreadlocks in the music video. While fans love the tune, a lot of them do NOT love that fact that she’s rocking a hairstyle that is frequently worn by African American people, and are therefore calling her out for cultural appropriation.
Yo @ddlovato your hair in the No Promises video is problematic af. White people wearing dreads is CULTURAL APPROPRIATION and it's not cool!
— Suzy A (@pulltheleversuz) May 17, 2017
Didn't Demi Lovato get the memo about dreadlocks? I don't understand why this is still happening tbh.
— Émi Le Bile (@EmiMarieSK) May 16, 2017
why is everyone ignoring the fact that demi had dreadlocks in the no promises mv ???? yikes
— shauna (@bookishdodie) May 16, 2017
demi has dreads in the no promises mv, i thought she was woke and wouldn't let me down pic.twitter.com/L0waeGMlkp
— divergenttilldeath (@fairlylocaltris) May 16, 2017
@beypieces So…. dreads. I stan Demi. Not holding her accountable for cultural appropriation is pretty gross.
— madeline (@revivalsswift) May 16, 2017
demi really has on dreads…….. babe, wyd????? #nopromisesvideotoday
— (@peachwaft) May 16, 2017
Others, however, don’t believe the hairstyle was actually dreads, which means Demi did nothing wrong.
For those who are attacking demi for having "dreads" in the mv.
Dreads vs demi's hair pic.twitter.com/4gg7m2vrmt
— _ (@DemiHoliness) May 16, 2017
This is the whole thing with Perrie again, isn't it? If you look closely, then you can see that Demi doesn't have dreads. Ya'll something…
— tatiana // 35 (@hstyls96) May 16, 2017
Some of y'all were dragging Demi st first when y'all thought it was dreads so imma need y'all to stop too.
— Shay (@DEMINEWAIBUM) May 16, 2017
I'd 110% call Demi out if she had dreads in the music video, but they're clearly twists.
— paige (@demidevotionxo) May 16, 2017
— LovaticsSupportGroup (@Lovatics820) May 16, 2017
Do people even know what dreads look like? Demi didn't have them.
— marta (@recklessIovato) May 16, 2017
The last time the Sonny With a Chance actress was accused of racism was when she said, “But I do believe that Latin people are just more expressive, more passionate with their emotions,” more than a year ago.
As on person tweeted, “If the stylist intended for them to look like dreads, then that’s the problem.” Agreed!
10 other females who were slammed for racism in music videos:
MUSIC VIDEO(S): "Wildest Dreams" (2015) & "Shake It Off" (2014)
T. Swift got herself in hot water not once but twice for having racist music videos. Ouch, not a good look. While in "Shake It Off," Taylor does feature several women of color — she got criticized for objectifying their bodies, in particular during a scene where she crawls underneath their legs as they twerk. Her facial expression of awe and moderate-confusion doesn't help her case, either. But it looked like Taytay didn't learn her lesson, because just one year later she was slammed yet again for having another racist music video. This one was filmed in both California and Africa, but many saw it as glamorizing Colonial Africa (A.K.A. a time where the British took over Africa thereby enslaving and exploiting the native African people). Additionally, the cast of the short vid is mostly while, featuring only two black people in some background shots. While we're sure Tay wasn't trying to be racist, she's gotta be a little bit more careful about the messages she's conveying in her music videos!
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