Keke Palmer is Totally Okay with Miley Cyrus’ “Cultural Appropriation”
Miley Cyrus has been accused of cultural appropriation on more than one occasion. She’s rocked cornrows, sported dreadlocks, twerked at the VMAs… There’s really no limit to what she has done and is willing to do. Naturally, this caused some backlash from members of the black community, including Nicki Minaj.
After the “We Can’t Stop” singer took Taylor Swift‘s side in the Taylor-Nicki feud of 2015, calling Nicki “not too kind,” the “Anaconda” rapper said to New York Times magazine, “You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important?”
She continued, “Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”
But another member of the black community, Keke Palmer, doesn’t see any problem with any of Miley’s actions. In a recent interview with Galore magazine, the 23-year-old Scream Queens actress was approached about the topic of white girls with braids. “To not be okay with it would be like saying black people shouldn’t get perms,” she began. “Having braids doesn’t make you black and having straight hair doesn’t make you white. We’re thinking too hard on things honestly.”
The interviewer took things a step further, asking if she was bothered by things like Miley twerking on stage. And she’s totally okay with it. “Miley Cyrus has always been that,” she said. “I’ve known her since she was a kid. If she loves hip hop music and she loves hip hop culture, that’s what she loves. My sister is a black girl and she loves alternative music and people think she’s weird.”
Do you agree with Keke’s way of thinking, or are your thoughts more in line with Nicki’s?
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