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At tonight's 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards, Justin Bieber took the stage to perform his huge singles "Love Yourself" and "Company," but some people were more focused on his new hairstyle rather than his performance. Bieber surprised some fans with his new dreadlocks, which he got just a few days prior to tonight's award ceremony. The singer had previously shared a few different photos of himself on his Instagram showing them off, but those of us who aren't close followers of him found out tonight. It's pretty safe to say not everyone is a fan of them.
After getting cornrows while on vacation with Hailey Baldwin caught him a bit of hate from fans online, Bieber is again facing criticism for appropriating black culture. Those who thought Bieber was crossing the line quickly fired off on Twitter.
why r so many ppl mute about justin bieber's dreads 🤔— sealZee (@newamericanas) April 3, 2016
Bieber got dreads. There's your (unwanted) daily dose of cultural appropriation.— Sam White (@samwhiteout) April 3, 2016
Justin Bieber has gotten to the point where you don't even know what he appropriating,— nae (@neyshajasme) April 3, 2016
Dreads, braids or straw hay pic.twitter.com/QPsVg1y0Yr
Justin Bieber got dreads *culture appropriation deep sigh*— digbickfaithfulvirgn (@IktGuy) April 3, 2016
so when do we start dragging Justin Bieber for dreads.... ANYONE??? or are y'all gonna stay quiet bc y'all "love" him— adryYaNNa (@adryzzle) April 3, 2016
wait what justin bieber has dreads?? 😳 wow bieber being dumb and racist is totally out of character for him! im so shocked!!— evil hag brooke (@enchiladad) April 3, 2016
Justin Bieber got dreads.... I had faith in him— !! (@Brebreex1) April 3, 2016
Bieber came to the defense of Kylie Jenner when she faced similar criticism for her cornrows, telling the angry fans to ease up on her and focus that energy toward the larger issues of inequality that the country faces, rather than her personal style choices. If that's any indication of how he will react, it's likely Bieber won't think take the criticism too seriously and keep them. After all, there are some people out there that don't totally hate them.
Justin bieber got dreads and he's still a babe ??— emma marek☼ (@EmmaMarek) April 4, 2016
lets talk about bieber's dreads and nose ring for a little minute 😻— madison (@madiharris514) April 3, 2016
We'll just have to wait and see how this one plays out...