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I'll be the first to admit that the Kardashians can sometimes overstep their boundaries. When it comes to the things...

I'll be the first to admit that the Kardashians can sometimes overstep their boundaries. When it comes to the things they say or the things they do, they can be out of line. Time after time, they've been accused of culture appropriation, which in some instances, has been well deserved however, this weekend, people proved just how unaware of reality they are.

Mrs. Kim Kardashian showed off a brand new hairstyle last week, Fulani braids, which she stated were inspired by Bo Derick and thus she called them her "Bo Derick" braids. This sent social justice Twitter into a frenzy who claimed she was appropriating Black culture and they're right, it is, in fact, culture appropriation, however, who really cares? There are so many more important things going on in the

world that require people's attention than Kim Kardashian's hair, especially when people are just upset because she's a Kardashian. If you really want to claim appropriation on the hairstyle then wouldn't Beyonce's Lemonade braids be appropriating the Fulani tribe? Of course the only reason why I mention Beyonce is because apparently anytime Kim does something "wrong", she's compared to Beyonce. The two ladies come from two completely different industries where Beyonce is insanely skilled with her music but not so much her business and the opposite is true for Kim so why is there a comparison? People claim Kim could never be a threat to Beyonce but she must be if she's always being compared to her, right? That said, if you don't like the Kardashians, that's fine but crying about it on Twitter and claiming you're a supporter of Black rights when you do nothing in the real world to support Black activist groups is hypocritical. 

 Now, let's focus on Kim's naming of the braids when she calls them "Bo Derick braids". Although they are in fact cornrows, Kim was simply stating that her inspiration came from Bo Derick's infamous hairstyle in the movie "10" that came out in the late 70's. Derek also faced backlash when she wore the braids but people didn't have Twitter then so outrage didn't really go that far. That said, should Kim really be getting scrutinized for stating she was inspired by Bo Derek and not the Fulani tribe? Because it seems Jay-Z, an African-American rapper, first named these braids in his track "Girls, girls, girls" where he raps: "She thinks she's Bo Derek, wear her hair in a twist". Of course if you look at the circumstances, you have a black man versus a white female coining the term, however, at the end of the day, when most people see those braids, they'll associate it to girls getting cornrows on their vacation in Mexico or Bo Derek. No one on Twitter really knew they were Fulani braids until a viral tweet ended up on everyone's timeline.

 Of course, the backlash prompted not only a response by Kim, who claimed she didn't give a fuck, but also from Bo Derek herself who posted the following tweet alongside an image of Nofretari:

I'm not saying culture appropriation shouldn't be taken seriously considering how many times white women are praised for Black features and customs but Black women are scrutinized for the same thing but I am saying that Kim braiding her hair just for the fucks of it isn't going to stop a Black person from getting a job. Kim didn't wear her braids for a job interview, she wore them to post a picture on Instagram. In this instance, Kim is simply the orifice people are using to manage their anger when in reality, she's really not the problem; systematic racism is.

 With that being said, I challenge everyone to take a day off Twitter and reflect on how in tune they are with activism in the real world. Think about the last time you went to a rally or march; think about the last time you donated money to an organization; think about the last time you spoke up against injustice, then ask yourself if you're any better than Kim who, keep in mind, has actually donated money, spoken up against injustices, and who's giving money to Black owned businesses by getting her hair done.

 In fact, here's how you can donate to Black Lives Matter Toronto.