In today’s cultural appropriation news, Mane Addicts, a pretty popular hair related blog, thought that Marc Jacobs’ fashion show hairstylist Guido Palau invented bantu knots, and decided to give them a new name: twisted mini buns. The fail is that Mane Addicts didn’t realize (or chose to ignore) that black folks been wearing bantu knots/chiny bumps since the beginning of time. To add insult to injury, the blog tutorial also recommended to “pair the hairstyle with ‘tribal inspired makeup'”.
This isn’t the first, nor will it be the last time, that white America has tried to take a historically black hairstyle and pretend to have invented it (remember Marie Claire + Kendall Jenner?), but this might be the first time they actually realized their mishap. Apparently #BlackTwitter (and #BlackInstagram) scared the hell out of Mane Addicts, because they’ve since taken down their original post.
— Nan Hayes (@hayes_nan) May 26, 2015
And now that Bantu knots have officially been renamed “twisted mini buns” I think I’ll go ahead and follow through with my suicide.
— t? (@BloodyKnuckls) May 25, 2015
— Deborah Conton (@deeeebo_x) May 26, 2015
@ManeAddicts your post on the “Marc Jacobs inspired ‘mini buns'” are ACTUALLY called BANTU KNOTS. Respect their African roots. Look it up.
— Keyzee Okonma (@FBliss6) May 26, 2015
— Keri Henderson (@DivaStateMind) May 26, 2015
What the heck is next with the beauty industry copping our hairstyles without giving us credit?! Kim Kardashian is going to get some crochet braids and white America is going to call them Kimmy Extensions. #youhearditherefirst
Ladies, what are your thoughts on this fiasco?