Stray Kids Bangchan recent hairstyle is raising eyebrows, some fans claim this is a case of cultural appropriation.
The idol has sported cornrows recently, a change of style that received mixed reactions from their fandom (stay). Some called for an explanation and an apology while others simply state he did nothing wrong.
Fans are also bringing up the fact that he’s a rookie and has no control over his style from clothes to hair.
Here is what fans are saying:
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Different cultures have different rules…And Chris is too young to know all of them , you guys know that ?
And the hair was made by stylist so it isn’t his fault right ??? , pls stop blaming & please respect him . #방찬 #스트레이키즈 #Bangchan #Straykids pic.twitter.com/eTflWjAWkl
— GOOD ON YA 🤙🏻 (@good_on_you97) April 18, 2019
Whoever did Chan’s hair today, FUCK YOU for ruining this very important day for him. Now people are gonna accuse him even though we know he’s respectful and educated. Honestly they fucked up his hair for the entire promotions they should have just let him breathe #StrayKids
— MIROH🗝 | ☆SKZ☆ (@bangchan103202) April 18, 2019
bang chan CRIED before the fansign bc of his hair…. pic.twitter.com/E2SJHTwiEj
— D-8 | persona ♡ (@sourhansol) April 18, 2019
you’re telling me that the same bangchan who literally rapped about how he would never say the n word because he respects everyone now has braids in his hair??????
— z¡ya:// applying for mutuals (@fridaykin) April 18, 2019
stray kids on mcountdown photo time and bang chan hair in corn rows omg ㅠㅠㅠ pic.twitter.com/xeZNDGfvon
— 츄 (@SKJ1SUNG) April 18, 2019
Sit yall asses down and get over yourself. #BANGCHAN didn’t mean anything by his hairstyle, nor did these idols. Hair is HAIR. It’s not the stylists fault either. They are PAID to try stuff like this. Y’all don’t deserve an apology for his HAIR. Lord…#BANGCHANPROTECTIONSQUAD pic.twitter.com/kjBrQb7RKZ
— Kenzie Raynne 🍋 (@Kenziee______) April 19, 2019
fuck everyone who’s hating on bangchan for his hair. first of all it’s not his decision, second of all it’s just hair it ain’t that deep, third of all this man literally rapped about how he would never say the n word and how he respects everybody and y’all are making him cry..
— hana🌴 (@hwangscaffe) April 19, 2019
sorry but it’s true that it was his idea to braid his hair and already knew that there are split opinions about it. He’s still young, makes mistakes and learn from it. It’s beat to educate him, I know that after this issue he will be more careful with his actions.
— chan’s abs (@leader_bang97) April 19, 2019
JYP Entertainment has yet to respond to fans’ complaints.
What do you think of this? Is this cultural appropriation or cultural appreciation?