“Just for fun.”
Zac Efron faced online criticism after he on Friday posted an image of himself in dreadlocks on social media.
“Just for fun,” Efron said in the Instagram post, punctuating the caption with a "rock on" emoji.
But not everyone was in the mood to rock out with the Hollywood heartthrob. Many commenters criticized Efron for feeling entitled to dreadlocks, a fashion associated with Rastafarianism and African-American culture in the United States.
“This is literal cultural appropriation and nothing about my culture is ‘just for fun,'” one Instagram user said.
“You have been afforded so much privilege and world experiences that should also inform you that dreadlocks on white people is cultural appropriation,” said another.
Others came to Efron's defense.
“This is WHY Trump is president,” said one commenter. “Playing the race card over and over about every little thing possible. The rest of the world is bored by this- leave Zac alone he looks good with it.”
“The comments on here are ridiculous,” said someone else. “Do people scream cultural appropriation comments when they see a picture of Niki [sic] Minaj wearing a blond wig? No.. no one should care about something as insignificant as someone else’s hair.”
Need to know: Dreadlocks, which are essentially tangled strands of hair, have turned up in many cultures across thousands of years. Evidence of their use has been found in ancient India,
What they're saying: Debate
Relatedly, actress Scarlett Johansson was last week widely reprimanded, and lightly defended, for taking a role as a trans man, with some arguing it was unfair to the character and real-life trans actors.