Kim Kardashian West Break the Internet - Attempt 2
Despite already being accused of appropriating black culture with her past hairstyle choices and actions, Kim Kardashian has once again caused backlash for her latest instagram posts which feature herself posing semi-naked with a fresh set of box braids. The captions include, “Hi, can I get zero fucks please, thanks” - perhaps in preparation for the disapproving reactions which inevitably sprung up amongst the millions of likes.
Although she has been slammed for wearing a fur coat in one photo, the main reason for the negative response towards the images is Kim crediting white actress Bo Derek (who wore this hairstyle in the 1979 film “10”) as if she was the original inventor of box braids. They actually originate from Africa and have a cultural significance for black people, who have worn this hairstyle for thousands of years and at times (and still today) have been persecuted for their hair styling. A privileged white woman like Kim declaring this as ‘Bo Derek Braids’ is understandably going to cause offence.
Those on Twitter were quick to respond to the photos, with some defending Kim but many more expressing their anger.
One user referred to Kim’s three half-black children (North , Saint  and newborn Chicago) saying “Hell nah, this is wrong and you have 3 black children’s what are you teaching them? Your teaching them that their history isn’t important and that it shouldn’t matter that their culture isn’t given any credit? Sis bye lost my respect.”
Another angered user stated, “Right...idk why people are acting like they don't know history....even our bodies...the way we speak...EVERYTHING was damn near stripped from us, but non-Blacks prosper using the very things that we get/got hated for....but they acting like they don't understand this…"
This is in fact not the first time Kim has caused disagreement with this exact look - as some fans may remember around 5 years ago she posted an image on Instagram sporting the same hairstyle while posing with husband Kanye West, once again crediting Bo Derek as the inspiration and once again receiving a negative response.
With this being only the latest of Kim’s acts involving cultural appropriation, will she ever learn? Another day, another Kardashian controversy.
Words: Alicia Slater