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GWEN STEFANI'S LOOK IN HER LATEST MUSIC VIDEO HAS FANS TALKING
By FABIO MAGNOCAVALLO
Gwen Stefani has always kept the public talking, whether she's releasing chart-topping hits, judging on reality TV competitions, or debuting bold fashion choices. Unfortunately, those fashion choices have backfired on the singer in the past, as of July 2022, Stefani is being accused of cultural appropriation once again.
Stefani teamed up with Jamaican dancehall stars Sean Paul and Shenseea in the music video for her song "Light My Fire," but fans think the singer's hairstyle is not looking so hot. Stefani is seen wearing dreadlocks, a style that has long been a point of contention in cultural appropriation discussions, especially when worn by celebrities with a large platform.
Onlookers on Twitter were quick to voice their displeasure. "No one can appropriate a culture the way Gwen Stefani does," one user tweeted, also sharing some more questionable looks from the singer, including Stefani wearing a bindi as well as cornrows. "Gwen Stefani is THEE culture vulture, I at least gotta respect the decades of consistency," another agreed.
This is far from Stefani's first brush with Jamaican culture; her band No Doubt was often influenced by ska, reggae, and dancehall music. Regardless of one's opinion on the dreadlocks debate, perhaps Stefani should stick to borrowing musical influences — and not hairstyles — from cultures besides her own, for reputation's sake.