Justin Bieber showed off his latest dreadlocks hairstyle in late April with some Instagram posts.
Never one to rest on his laurels when it comes to personal style, the pop superstar added a hint of flare on Friday as he styled his dreads into space buns.
The Yummy singer’s new haircut has provoked both a backlash for cultural appropriation and praise from some of his fans, followers and peers.
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New Style: Justin Bieber, 27, decided to put his new dreadlocks hairstyle in space buns and share a photo on Instagram on Friday, May 14
In the most recent Instagram photo, Bieber appears to be sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle while showing a serious grin at the camera.
He has pulled the various rope-like locks on either side of his head into two buns.
With his locks pushed over his ears, the Love Yourself singer’s left earring is visible.
Bieber seemed to be donning a casual ensemble in the afternoon, including a blue and white windbreaker.
New ‘do’: Bieber has been showing off his dreads in a series of images on social media
Kickback: The pop superstar received immediate criticism from a number of fans and followers when he debuted his dreadlocks on April 25 with a photo of himself and wife Haley Bieber
The pop superstar first wore the new hairstyle on April 25 in an Instagram post.
He has since shared a series of images of himself with the new ‘do’ on his social media platforms.
While many of his 175 million Instagram fans and followers approved of the hairstyle as a fashion statement, many social media users criticized the White singer-songwriter for his cultural appropriation.
“Oh no” and “please stop” are popular comments from naysayers.
Criticism: The Sorry singer has been accused of cultural appropriation for his version of dreadlocks
Naysayers: “I pray you learned from 2016 and don’t have dreads,” one person wrote a second time in reference to Bieber with the hairstyle traditionally worn by people of color; the singer can be seen with DJ Khaled earlier this month
‘I pray you learned from 2016 and don’t have dreads … like go google why white shouldn’t have dreads I beg !!!’ another user, unsure whether he was putting on dreadlocks in a photo with his wife Haley Bieber, wrote after the first post.
That person was referring to when Bieber wore dreadlocks in 2016, and faced backlash as a result.
Bieber responded in part to the criticism at the time by playing the role of a surfer dude in one short video for Instagram.
“Dude are you gonna do something with your hair or just leave it like that dude?” Yes, a girl came up to me and said, “I love you Justin, but that’s my least favorite of you,” said the singer with a Jeff Spicoli-esque surf accent.
‘Being weird is fun’ if you’re not weird, I don’t like you, ‘he wrote in the caption.
Backlash in 2016: Bieber was also accused of cultural appropriation when he hit deadlock in 2016; after the criticism, he shared a video in which he played the role of a surfer dude: “Dude, are you going to do something with your hair or just leave it like that dude?” Yeah a girl came to me like, “I love you Justin, but like, that’s my least favorite of you”
Some of the earliest depictions of dreadlocks date as far back as 1500 BC in the Minoan civilization, one of Europe’s earliest civilizations, centered in Crete (now part of Greece).
The hairstyle has been traditionally worn by people of color throughout history, including the Rastafari movement where dreadlocks are symbolic of the Lion of Judah, which is sometimes centered on the Ethiopian flag.
When reggae music and its Rastafarian ideals became mainstream, thanks in large part to Bob Marley in the 1970s and early 1980s, dreadlocks became a remarkable fashion statement worldwide. Since then they have been worn by prominent artists, actors, athletes and rappers over the past five decades.
While dreads are worn for a variety of reasons in many cultures, its use has also been raised in debates about cultural appropriation.
Common acceptance: When reggae music and its Rastafarian ideals became popular, thanks in large part to Bob Marley in the 1970s, dreads became a notable fashion statement worldwide
Later: The Biebs put the double-knotted hairstyle next to a tailored and bedazzled tweed jacket over a knit sweater, posted on his Instagram feed
Another angle: he also added this image to his stories