Stenberg, who plays Rue in ‘The Hunger Games’ let her feeling be known on Instagram after Jenner posted an image of herself sporting cornrows.
A pic posted on Instagram by 17 year old Kylie Jenner has sparked an online feud with Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg who has accused the reality star of ‘appropriating black culture’. In the photo Kylie is seen showing off her toned midriff while wearing her hair in cornrows with the caption, ‘I woke up like disss’.
So far the image has received over 1.2 million likes on the photo sharing site. But one person who wasn't hitting the like button was 16 year old Amandla Stenberg who made her feelings clear by commenting, ‘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 responded to Stenberg’s comments with, ‘Mad if I don't, Mad if I do…. Go hang w Jaden or something.’ The Jaden in question is mostly likely Will Smith’s son, who is a long time friend of Kylie’s and was also Stenberg’s date to the prom in May.
Stenberg has since penned a post on her Instagram account where she writes that ‘Black features are beautiful. Black women are not. White women are paragons of virtue and desire. Black women are objects of fetishism and brutality this at least appears to be the mentality surrounding black femininity and beauty in a society built upon Eurocentric beauty standards”.
“While white women are praised for altering their bodies, plumping their lips and tanning their skin, black women are shamed although the same features exist on them naturally,” the actress continues. This is not the first time Stenberg has spoken out against cultural appropriation.
Back in April the 16 year old released a video titled ‘Don't Cash Crop On My Cornrows’, where she laid out the history of black culture and its appropriation by the mainstream. Explaining her views Stenberg said, “Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalisations or stereotypes where it originated but is deemed as high fashion, cool or funny when the privileged take it for themselves.”