Demi Lovato was fabulously featured on Cheat Codes' mega-jam new track, "No Promises," and the group recently revealed their official music video for the song. While the single and the accompanying video are incredible, many fans noticed something a little bit unusual about Demi's hairstyle in the clip.
If you look carefully, you will notice that Demi's long layers are styled in what some fans are calling "dreadlocks." After watching the video, many Twitter users accused the singer of cultural appropriation because she's wearing a hairstyle as a fashion statement that is not representative of her own culture.
Demi.... u were my girl........ why........... why the dreadlocks ☹️ pic.twitter.com/40lKB3T7Mw— legally brunette (@livraem) April 12, 2017
But now, Demi has officially responded to the criticism, explaining that her hair is not styled in dreads, but rather, twists.
@BradTheLadLong You don't have to like me but that wasn't towards fans, that was towards the hyper-sensitive haters out there.— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 22, 2017
"Btw they looked f –– g rad anyway 😎," she added.
A lot of fans agreed that it wouldn't be okay for Demi to wear her hair in dreads, but her twists by themselves aren't offensive.
I'd 110% call Demi out if she had dreads in the music video, but they're clearly twists.— paige (@demidevotionxo) May 16, 2017
For those who are attacking demi for having "dreads" in the mv.— - (@DemiHoliness) May 16, 2017
Dreads vs demi's hair pic.twitter.com/4gg7m2vrmt
As one person pointed out, it's all about the thought that went into the styling.
The demi "twists" thing I feel is about the intent. If the stylist intended for them to look like dreads then that's the problem— #1 woman enthusiast (@thotfulstyles) May 16, 2017
It certainly doesn't look like Demi intended to offend anyone with her hairstyle, and it's great to hear that she felt really confident wearing the style for the music video.
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