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Khloe Kardashian Is ‘Bantu Babe’ While Black Women Are ‘Ghetto’ for Same Hairstyle

Khloe Kardashian is the latest in her famous family to take on a Black hairstyle. The reality television star tweeted and then deleted a photo of herself in Bantu knots with a caption calling herself “Bantu babe.”

She later replaced it with another photo.

But Kardashian could not escape criticism, and Black Twitter let her have it.

@IGoByAlice expected white YouTube beauty gurus to jump on the look and give Kardashian all the credit.

Claire called out the former TV host for her lack of African lineage.

Many of the criticisms were based on Bantu knots being an “unprofessional” hairstyle on Black women. Yet once the California native tried it on, it became fashionable.

@GotThatFaceDoh pointed out the hypocrisy aimed at Rihanna for wearing the hairstyle to the iHeart Radio Music Awards in 2014. She also donned them for a magazine shoot a year later.

@caramelcakesx also discussed the double standard between Black and white women wearing the hairstyle. She pointed to Blac Chyna – Kardashian’s soon-to-be sister-in-law – who wore the look in April. The user also disappointingly acknowledged the praise white women get for wearing Black styles but knew African-Americans would be called “ghetto” for wearing them.

Arlett took the time to show what authentic Bantu knots look like.

@WeTheBroadCast advised Kardashian to look to Blac Chyna for style tips.

@30bcCleopatra summed it up in an imaginary exchange between Black people and white people, covered in cultural appropriation.

@Neo_url called out Kardashian for possibly believing Bantu knots are only a hairstyle. She is alluding to the fact that Bantu is a colonial word used to describe the Zulu people in Africa. Atlanta Black Star reported Bantu is used to distinguish the people who speak the dialect of the same name. The hairstyle named after the group of more than 10 million Africans has been worn by Black women as a protective hairstyle since time began.

This is not the first time a member of the Kardashian clan has come under fire for wearing a Black hairstyle. Earlier this year, Kim Kardashian was credited with “boxer braids” while rocking what are actually called cornrows.

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