Trisha Paytas defends 'offensive' wig after being criticised for cultural appropriation
3 May 2019, 12:50 | Updated: 3 May 2019, 14:32
Trisha did not back down after the backlash
Trisha Paytas has hit back at criticism of a picture she posted, in which she is seen wearing a wig which many fans feel is culturally insensitive.
It all started when Trisha posted a photo of herself in a braided wig, a hairstyle that is usually associated with black hair. Fan reactions were mixed - some felt she was being ignorant, some felt she was being controversial on purpose and some people thought it was fine.
After receiving a mix of comments on the Insta pic, Trisha later tweeted out the picture along with the caption:
"Who knew a wig could be so controversial ? 😂😂 everyone needs to relax. There wasn’t a sign on this wig , that said caucasians weren’t allowed to buy it"
Who knew a wig could be so controversial ? 😂😂 everyone needs to relax. There wasn’t a sign on this wig , that said caucasians weren’t allowed to buy it 🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️ pic.twitter.com/PV1pacu2BZ— Trisha Paytas (@trishapaytas) May 1, 2019
This prompted an even more divided range of opinions, but the overall consensus seemed to be negative:
i’ve followed you for so long but this caption is so disappointing. do better.— 07/25 • 08/01 (@latinapalida) May 2, 2019
And another thing. Non POC only do shit like this to be trendy. For people with actual hard to manage hair, styles like this are protective in nature; being fashionable is a plus. Y’all wanna reap the benefits of the culture yet understand nothing about it. THIS is why we annoyed— Peaches (@tay_laaa) May 1, 2019
black people have been kicked out of their school and work place for wearing their natural hairstyle as it’s “distracting” but when whites do it it’s trendy and cute that’s why people are ‘sensitive’ caitlin.— crackhead (@stfusnar) May 1, 2019
Trisha has not commented further on the picture, instead going for the tried-and-tested tactic of 'just continuing on as normal and waiting for people to forget' - which, to be brutally honest, has an almost 100% success rate in our attention span-deficient social media driven world. We're all doomed! Have a great week!