Fact: Nothing looks quite so good as the pallid scalp of a white person with cornrows. You want sex appeal in the entertainment biz? Just take a pale face and pull and twist the shit out of their limp locks until you have perfection! Edward Norton knows. In Stone, his new movie with Robert De Niro and Milla Jovovich, he plays Gerald "Stone" Creeson, a convicted arsonist who rocks jailhouse tats and 'rows to go with his jumpsuit (check out the trailer here). From salons to cell blocks, Norton's name is about to be on everyone's lusty, salivating tongues. Or not. Should your brain not register sarcasm, white people with cornrows is a bad (meaning bad) look, but at least Norton isn't the first melanin-deficient actor to go there for a role. Check out a history of white characters with cornrows...
JENNY HANLEY IN 10 (1979)
Played by: Bo Derek
Complex says: The O.G. ice queen with the braids in Mexican paradise is responsible for innumerable stains. And we're just talking about celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Juliette Lewis thinking this shit was OK, not even the DNA we left in our gym socks.
JUNIOR IN PANIC ROOM (2002)
Played by: Jared Leto
Complex says: What's worse than a character trying to steal $3 million worth of your grandfather's bearer bonds? His thieving this black hairstyle. And it's not even Leto's worst look. Or his second worst. Or his third. Or fourth. Or his...
BRANDI BOSKI IN STUCK (2007)
Played by: Mena Suvari
Complex says: Yeah, a white nurse who hits a homeless man while driving high on booze and pills and leaves him to die lodged in her windshield would wear some cornrows. One bad decision leads to another.
KENNY POWERS IN EASTBOUND & DOWN (2010)
Played by: Danny McBride
Complex says: Kenny Powers, we love you but YOU AND YOUR CORNROWS ARE FUCKING OUT!!!
GERALD "STONE" CREESON IN STONE (2010)
Played by: Edward Norton
Complex says: Some arsonist. His hair is just begging to have fire set to it—and yet there it is, un-charred.
HONORABLE MENTION: NOLA IN HUSTLE & FLOW (2005)
Played by: Taryn Manning
Complex says: No, they're not actually cornrows, but she's guilty by extension.