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The Black Panther star recently celebrated the launch of his J'Ouvert rum, which was advertised as a tribute to a Trinidadian carnival of the same name. But many people online — including Nicki Minaj — took issue with the actor using that name for his product without having any personal ties to the region. On June 22, he announced on his Instagram Stories that he would be changing the name. “We hear you,” he wrote. “I hear you and want to be clear that we are in the process of renaming.”
“There is a difference between appropriation and appreciation,” Grande wrote in series of now-deleted tweets from 2019. At the time, the “Positions” singer was slammed for cultural appropriation while promoting her song “7 Rings.” In addition to using Japanese characters on her merch, the pop star got the song’s title tattooed on her hand. Unfortunately, her ink was misspelled and the result was a tattoo that loosely translated to “BBQ grill.”
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The “Daisies” singer doesn’t exactly have a clean record when it comes to cultural appropriation. In 2013, Perry dressed up as a geisha at the American Music Awards for a performance of her song “Unconditionally.” The following year, she wore cornrows in her music video for “This Is How We Do.” She later addressed both of those decisions on a podcast with civil rights activist DeRay McKesson. “I didn’t know that I did it wrong until I heard people saying I did it wrong,” she said after promising to educate herself.
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The “Hold On” crooner first debuted dreadlocks at the IHeartRadio Music Awards in 2016 and was criticized heavily for appropriating Black culture. In 2021, he sported the hairstyle again and was met with more backlash online. “How do you make an album about justice? Post about Black Lives Matter then turn around and post yourself wearing dreads????” one fan commented on Instagram.
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The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has come under fire for cultural appropriation on more than one occasion — and not only for wearing Fulani braids. Prior to the release of her shapewear line in 2019, the reality star planned on calling the brand Kimono. Needless to say, that didn’t go over very well, and Kardashian renamed it Skims.
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Believe it or not, even Beyoncé makes mistakes. In 2016, the legendary entertainer received a ton of backlash following the release of Coldplay’s “Hymn For The Weekend” music video. In the video, Bey sported henna tattoos and traditional Indian clothing.
Beyoncé isn’t the only artist who’s appropriated Indian culture. In 2013, Gomez performed her hit single “Come and Get It” wearing an Indian-inspired outfit on more than one occasion. She also wore a bindi, a dot that is traditionally worn on the center of the forehead.