Not since Zendaya v. Giuliana Rancic has a hairstyle caused so much controversy — and now, Justin Bieber is involved.
Over the weekend, Kylie Jenner got into a bit of a social media brawl with Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg, who was not pleased with a photo Kylie posted of herself sporting cornrows. After a few snippy back-and-forths between the girls, Bieber jumped in to defend his friend.
"Guys leave her alone, were all trying to figure it out and she happens to be under a microscope! I'm the first to know this," he wrote next to Kylie's pic. "But saying she's being racist because she wants her hair in braids is ridiculous. lets focus on the bigger picture and instead of fighting over something stupid lets do something about equality, but it doesn't start here blasting a 17 year old kid for wearing braids smh."
Bieber's post appeared to be in direct response to Stenberg, who took Kylie to task for using her position in the public eye to promote her business venture instead of pressing race-relations issues in our country.
"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," the actress wrote to the reality star.
But even before Bieber came calling, Kylie was defending herself — sort of.
"Mad if I do…mad if I don't," she wrote back to Stenberg before adding, "Go hang w Jaden or something." (Jaden Smith is a mutual friend of the two young stars and took Stenberg to prom last May. Jaden has yet to jump into the fray.)
Stenberg wasn't finished sharing her opinions just yet, posting a much longer piece she composed about the double standards surrounding beauty with black and white women.
She went on to argue that black bodies are seen as less than human and that when they are sexualized "it is from a place of racial fetishism." She concluded by referring back to the popular #BlackLivesMatter movement asking, "Do female black lives matter too?"
A few hours later, she put an end cap on her message:
End the "angry black girl" narrative. It's just another attempt to undermine certain perspectives. I have strong opinions. I am not angry.
— Amandla Stenberg (@amandlastenberg) July 13, 2015
It remains to be seen whether these young stars reach some sort of truce, but in the meantime, everyone (even Bieber) can agree that Stenberg does, in fact, have strong opinions.