BTS Star J-Hope Catches Heat For Dreads in “Chicken Noodle Soup” Music Video With Becky G
How are there still people out there who don’t know that wearing dreads when you’re not a black person is problematic AF? And how did no one in BTS’s team or Becky G’s team think “hey, better not,” when Jung Ho-seok AKA J-Hope’s stylist started putting gel twists in the K-Pop singer’s hair to look like dreadlocks?
ICYMI: J-Hope and Becky G released their highly-anticipated track “Chicken Noodle Soup” with a fun, dance-centric music video to accompany it. It’s a fun, unproblematic time until about three minutes and 20 seconds in, when J-Hope and Becky G show up to do some hip-hop moves and J-Hope is sporting dreads. TBH, he should’ve just kept his hair in the cute and floppy ‘do he was wearing for the rest of the M.V.
The conversation about J-Hope’s dreads (and the choice by their management, BigHit Entertainment,) was debated over social media platforms and Reddit. “The point is that he emulated a black hairstyle for cool points and should have known better,” one Reddit user wrote. Some have come to Ho-seok’s defense saying that the hairstyle is actually “gel twists,” but it’s pretty obvious that they’re trying to look like dreadlocks.
Y’all I love Jhope forever, but his hairstyle really tiptoes the line of cultural appropriation. Yes it’s just gel, but it’s imitating dreads. If we are going to crash on other idols in groups for imitating black hairstyles, then we can’t be biased with Hoseok pic.twitter.com/7rT6WLbumO
— Trappe State Taylor ☀️ (@taytay4lyfe2020) September 26, 2019
For those who aren’t in the know, wearing traditionally black or African American hairstyles when you are not personally a black or African American person is considered cultural appropriation. Essentially, it’s using your position of privilege as a non-Black person to use a person of color’s aesthetic without having to deal with the repercussions that POC would have for doing the same. For example, black people are often denied jobs or kicked out of school for wearing dreadlocks. For J-Hope to wear a similar look without any of the disadvantages people who wear dreads have to deal with is ignorant of racism and discrimination that often accompanies the look.
It probably wasn’t J-Hope’s decision to wear dreadlocks, but his team needs to do better. Still, “Chicken Noodle Soup” is a certified BOP and we will be streaming.