Kylie captioned the photo, 'I woke up like disss.' Stenberg, 16, commented on the picture:
'When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.'
Jenner, 17, replied to Stenberg's criticism with a personal dig:
@amandlastenberg Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do…. Go hang w Jaden or something.
Oh no you didn't, Kylie! Amandla went to prom in May with Jaden Smith, who was a 'close friend' of Kylie's back when her lips were smaller.
But dragging in Jaden Smith instead of confronting Stenberg's accusation is not going to help Kylie's case. Using ebonics, plumping her lips, dating a black rap artist, all these practices suggest an appreciation of black culture; but when does appreciation become appropriation?
In fact, Stenberg recently released a video on the topic. She maintains that when white people are adopting and capitalizing on elements of black culture while ignoring the systemic oppression of the people they’re emulating, it is offensive.
Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed high fashion, cool, or funny when the privileged take it for themselves. Appropriation occurs when the appropriate is not aware of the deep significance of the culture they’re partaking in.
You know what? This topic is way above Kylie Jenner's cornrowed head. But she has started a discussion that might enlighten some of her fans.
Later on Saturday, Jenner appeared without the cornrows, so maybe that was her more considered response.
We'll have to see what Jaden says.