You can’t be a Jenner without catching a lot of hate. That kind of attention means that no matter what you do, there will be eyes that regard you unfavorably. Sometimes those voices are louder than others because they come from public figures as well, and today Kylie Jenner got a taste of that brand of shout out.
On a post where Kylie showed off some fresh cornrows, she caught plenty of heat from all angles, but the voice of Amandla Stenberg may surprise some. The actress is best known for her role in The Hunger Games playing Rue, Katniss Everdeen’s best friend in the arena who is (spoilers:) shamefully murdered in front of Katniss. The character is known for her quiet, coy nature, but it seems Amandla is anything but.
Amandla commented on Kylie’s post:
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
(It should be noted that the link in Kylie’s Instagram profile directs to her signature wig brand.)
The nearly 100k comments on this photo make it hard to determine whether or not Amandla started a discourse between the Jenner sister and herself about race, but considering how quickly the family has learned to shrug off and ignore criticism, it’s unlikely. Amandla was not the only critical commentor suggesting that any attention Jenner could bring to the true and fatal racial issues that American culture is dealing with would be more than welcome. Until that day, her silence will evidently go noticed.
[via kyliejenner on Instagram]