Some of Gwen Stefani’s fans didn’t like her new hairstyle. Gwen Stefani has been accused of taking things from other cultures before.
People accused Stefani of appropriation in 2019 when they looked at the pictures of Japanese Harajuku girls that kept showing up in her work. Stefani defended her choice to use the Harajuku style for many years by saying in an interview in 2021, “We wouldn’t have so much beauty if we didn’t buy and sell and trade our cultures, right? We learn from each other, share with each other, and get better as a result. And all these rules just make us more and more different.”
Now, Stefani is being accused of stealing from another culture again, but this time it’s not the Japanese. Stefani has dreadlocks and wears the colors of the Jamaican flag in Sean Paul’s new music video for “Light My Fire.”
She was quickly called out on social media. “No one can take over a culture like Gwen Stefani does,” wrote @trevorhacker on Twitter. @luckyleffty, who is also a user, wrote: “Ahhhh, Gwen Stefani went back to where she came from, Jamaica. Nature is really good for you.” “In that video, Gwen Stefani has twists that look like “dreads.” I’m really yelling. She has seen all the tweets about how much people miss her cultural appropriation days, and she told BET, “@PreciousGNSD made a joke.
Others talked about another culture that Gwen has borrowed from. When Stefani’s band No Doubt first came out in the 1990s, she wore a bindi, which is a headband that many Indian women wear. It looks like Gwen isn’t going to learn anything from the anger on social media.