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Kim Kardashian Accused Of Cultural Appropriation (Photos)

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Television reality star Kim Kardashian responded after being accused of cultural appropriation for styling braids in her hair that she referred to as "Bo Derek braids."

She posted several racy shots of herself with braids while appearing naked or almost completely unclothed. The braids were immediately criticized, with many accusing her of cultural appropriation and calling the style change "disrespectful."

"I’m still a bit peeved on how [Kim Kardashian] had the audacity to call these braids 'Bo Derrick' braids," one fan responded, Daily Mail reported.

"Kim K got braids like these. And gave credit to Bo Derek for the style. Am i wrong for being bothered. Because I’m super bothered. That’s who tf you give credit for for that style !? Seriously," another wrote.

"First of all, f**k you [Kim Kardashian] for wearing cornrows and calling them 'Boderrick braids'. second of [all] f**k you again for crediting the creation of 'boderrick braids' to a white woman who was culturally appropriating cornrows to begin with," another added.

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"Kim kardashian should have learned by now how to properly deal with black culture and considering she has three black kids this behavior is disturbing," another reader commented.

In response, Kardashian brushed off the backlash in a caption on one of the photos that read, "Hi, can I get zero f**ks please, thanks."

Some fans defended the star, dismissing the claims that the braids could be considered cultural appropriation.

"Don't pay attention to them as they are a negative impact on society, but she nailed this one! Good for her!" one Daily Mail reader commented in response to Kardashian's rebuttal.

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"No one owns the rights to wear braids," another added. "If you did, you could sue her."

Kardashian was previously the center of a similar controversy after she was accused of wearing blackface makeup in a photo. In an interview with The New York Times, Kardashian responded to the accusations.

"I would obviously never want to offend anyone. I used an amazing photographer and a team of people. I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off. But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it," she said at the time.

"Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely I have learned from it."

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times / Featured Image: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Kim Kardashian/Instagram via Daily Mail 

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