Demi Lovato Was Accused Of Cultural Appropriation And Fans Are Mad About Her Response

Some people never really learn, even when they are repeatedly called out for doing weird or offensive stuff. Case in point: Demi Lovato. The singer/actress/former Camp Rock camper is no stranger to controversy – her tweet about being one percent African infuriated fans, and her hypocritical statements regularly make headlines – and yet that hasn’t stopped her from doing offensive things. Demi recently released a music video for her song “No Promises” where she appears to be wearing dreadlocks. As you may or may not know, dreadlocks are a hairstyle traditionally worn by people of color. In a time where black girls are suspended for wearing their hair a certain way, it can be incredibly frustrating for white women, especially celebrities, to be able to get away with this stuff. And this isn’t even the first time Demi has done something like this – back in 2014, she posted a photo of herself in dreadlocks to similar reviews.

But, despite backlash from fans, Demi insisted the locks are just “twists,” and says that she did nothing wrong by wearing them. You can watch the video here and see for yourself, or check out the picture below and be the judge:

Source: Snapchat

Source: Snapchat

This, unfortunately, happens a lot: a celebrity appropriates another culture, whether it be with a hairstyle or accessory, and they act like it’s no big deal. Sure, sometimes the celeb understands where they went wrong and issues an apology. That doesn’t make what they did okay, it just means that maybe they learned their lesson. In Demi’s case… not so much. After the “twists” comment, she tweeted these statements:

Even if she genuinely believed her hair was in “twists” and not dreadlocks, she should have apologized to the people who were offended by the video. Instead, she stood her ground and insisted that she was right, and everyone calling her out was wrong. This did not go over well on Twitter:

Of course, other girls were sticking up for Demi, saying that they were, in fact, just twists:

Whatever is happening with her hair is almost besides the point – Demi’s response was just messy. When people get offended, celebs should do their best to open a conversation, not just shut them down completely and tell them to “#Relax.” People are allowed to get upset over things, and Demi should be using her platform to discuss this, not using a eye-rolling emoji.

The issue is that Demi isn’t listening to her fans who call her out for appropriation: she just tells them that they are wrong. This is not the first time it has happened, and it probably won’t be the last, unless Demi decides to actually take some time to educate herself on these issues and apologize for being culturally insensitive.

What do you think of what Demi said? Tell us in the comments!

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