It’s always refreshing to know that celebrities aren’t all superficial and self important. Amandla Stenberg, who is probably best known for her role as “Rue” on The Hunger Games, is getting a lot of attention lately for something other than her acting roles.
Amandla, who is ONLY 17, (it’s still hard to believe) has been handing people their asses on a pretty regular basis and it’s amazing to watch. The young star has been calling people out about racism in America, as well as cultural appropriation. This time, she zeroed in on Kylie Jenner.
After Kylie posted this picture, Amandla hopped square in Kylie’s comments to drop off a few gems.
“When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter,” the Hunger Games star said.
The #whitegirlsdoitbetter reference is drawing attention a popular hashtag that took Twitter by storm recently. The hashtag was meant for white girls to celebrate the things they do…better? Unfortunately for them, Black twitter took over the hashtag and things got heated. There was one white girl who was absolutely not down for it though.
— Madison Lawrence (@madisonlawrence) July 11, 2015
But anyways, Kylie clapped back when she got wind of Amandla’s comments, and her rebuttal was pretty catty–“@amandlastenberg Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do…. Go hang w Jaden or something.”
Well Amandla wasn’t about to let that slide either, so here’s what she posted to Twitter today:
words by me pic.twitter.com/g0HapkvfAt
— Amandla (@amandlastenberg) July 13, 2015
While I do think Kylie Jenner gets unfairly targeted for damn near everything, it’s safe to say that Amandla told not ONE lie in her tweet.
Here are my thoughts:
See the problem isn’t white people wearing cornrows. The problem is using these things to your advantage to gain money, popularity etc. The problem is when you do these things (tan, twerk, plump lips, butt, dress in hip hop gear) and WE are chastised for it while ur praised.The problem is when we are having REAL BLACK PEOPLE struggles, you ain’t nowhere to be found. Instead, you’re screaming #AllLivesMatter It’s deeper than cornrows boo boo. HISTORICALLY Black people have created things, our intellectual property and cultures have been SWIPED and been used to make a profit, gain respect, accolades and popularity. THAT is the issue. Often, Black people don’t stand to make the same profit or get the same praise from their OWN sh*t! That is the issue!
What do you guys think about the Amandla vs. Kylie beef? Who’s wrong here?