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Marc Jacobs Responded To Critiques About His Fashion Show’s Culturally Appropriated Dreadlocs

And it’s quite contradictory.

September 16, 2016

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After Marc Jacobs was called out for the cultural appropriation of dreadlocs in his Spring '17 fashion show on Thursday, he took to Instagram to reply to a critic. In his comment, the designer refuses to acknowledge black or Rastafarian culture as an inspiration or as the originators of the style — claiming that he respects and draws inspiration from all people. Jacobs also dismisses the validity of cultural appropriation but he implies that women of color are apart of that conversation when they choose to straighten their hair.

He wrote, "And all who cry 'cultural appropriation' or whatever nonsense about any race of skin color wearing their hair in a particular style or manner - funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair. I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see color or race- I see people. I’m sorry to read that so many people are so narrow minded…Love is the answer. Appreciation of all and inspiration from anywhere is a beautiful thing. Think about it."


Others on social media shared dissatisfied sentiments about his response to the pushback.



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