Are Kim Kardashian West's Cornrows Cultural Appropriation? We Asked Our Readers

Over the years, cornrows have become one of society's most prominent—and prominently controversial—signs of cultural appropriation. So when Kim Kardashian West's freshly braided head overwhelmed news feeds everywhere Saturday night during the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, a sharp, very audible intake of breath could be heard. This isn't the first time Kardashian West has worn the style (remember when she credited her bleached, beaded Fulani braids to the very much white '70s actress Bo Derek earlier this year?). And honestly, we're sure it won't be the last. (She did caption the "Bo Derek" photos with "Hi, can I get zero fucks please, thanks.") Plus, hair aside, it's far from the first time the media mogul has undergone criticism for appropriating black culture—from the way she dresses to the way she chooses to raise her children to even the shape of her body.

Interestingly, however, amid the expected flurry of fury, disgust, and overall tiredness at Kardashian West's apparent lack of concern and what many view as ambivalence toward black culture and other entangled, highly relevant issues like mixed families, identity, and how she is (or how she isn't) styling 5-year-old North's hair, there have also been words in her defence. So before we join the majority of the internet in bashing Kardashian West's cornrows, we thought we'd open up the conversation up to you, our readers. We already know what the majority of reports are calling, but what are you calling? To break the conversation open, we put calls out on our Twitter and Instagram accounts on Tuesday to get your thoughts, and, not surprisingly, we received an overwhelming response with over 500 (and counting) comments. We heard you—keep scrolling for a taste.