- Game developer Chucklefish accused of whitewashing characters of color Monday 5:22 PM
- Apple TV’s ‘Hala’ is a silent explosion of a coming-of-age film Monday 5:20 PM
- This new video game apparently lets you play Jesus Monday 4:02 PM
- Golden toilet creator sells world’s most expensive banana—only for another artist to eat it Monday 3:24 PM
- This new Chinese video game lets players attack Hong Kong protesters Monday 3:05 PM
- These TikTok videos that recreate NPC interactions from Skyrim are honestly incredible Monday 2:40 PM
- John Legend defends pro-consent ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ lyrics Monday 2:38 PM
- Video shows UC Berkeley student using racial slurs, making homophobic comments Monday 2:36 PM
- New video reveals Brother Nature instigated sandwich shop fight Monday 2:06 PM
- Lizzo’s thong dress breaks the internet Monday 1:25 PM
- Pixel Buds 2 or Apple AirPods 2: Which are right for you? Monday 1:09 PM
- It’s 2019: Make your holiday cards online, for free this year Monday 12:47 PM
- Fighting over the ‘Marriage Story’ fight scene becomes a meme Monday 12:41 PM
- ‘Trump is innocent!’: InfoWars correspondent interrupts impeachment hearing Monday 12:12 PM
- Video shows runner smacking reporter’s butt on live TV Monday 11:46 AM
Hippie Buddha, a Korean hairstylist and salon owner, is turning quite a few heads on social media by giving his clients (who are all also Korean) Black hairstyles. Needless to say, Twitter is not happy about it.
Buddha’s Instagram, which says he is an African American hairstylist, is littered with images of his finished looks that range from dreadlocks and box braids to full afros. It also features urban wear and traditional African make-up.
“This is dread extensions,” he boasts in one of his Instagram videos, while a stylist in the salon adds faux locs to a client’s hair. In another, he excitedly announces that the salon is working on another “afro perm.” His videos, which are usually edited to rap music, give his followers an inside look at how he changes “1c hair” to “4c curls.”
Buddha’s hairdressers have even styled children, adding pictures of their coiffed ‘dos to his Instagram page.
WAIT NOT THE BABY 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/dUnaeG74xf— Captain America’s Whore (@SunshineNPaz) October 10, 2019
A video featuring one of Buddha’s stylists, known by her TikTok user name @saulmolina785, sparked outrage after someone on Twitter posted a short clip of her not only rocking braids and urban wear, but also giving her clients hairstyles traditionally worn by Black people. In it, she uses a sponge to style to what appears to be a recently permed ‘fro. It should be noted that similar to Buddha’s other videos, hers was also set to trap music.
“IM LOSING MY MIND MAYNE WTF,” Twitter user @nopersonas exclaimed, sharing the video on Twitter.
IM LOSING MY MIND MAYNE WTF pic.twitter.com/CT0NpsIDug— joella misses bts (@NOPERSONAS) October 10, 2019
The tweet quickly went viral, with many calling out the salon for cultural appropriation.
“This shit really ain’t it,” Twitter user @nopersonas wrote, along with an image that read, “I don’t really have a reaction image to summarize my disgust, but Jesus Christ, dude.”
this shit really ain’t it pic.twitter.com/sT3WcqrhI5— joella misses bts (@NOPERSONAS) October 10, 2019
Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.