So, are people going to grow up at some point?
I try my best to not write pop culture “think-pieces”, in an effort to avoid being categorized as a WordPress warrior, but I’m willing to risk my reputation today in defense of something near and dear to all of us.
The massive criticism that Little Miss Blue Ivy Carter has received in regards to her beautiful mane is quite appalling, shameful, and frankly needs to be put to rest once and for all.
Last night, Beyonce received the Vanguard Lifetime achievement award on MTV’s Video Music Awards, for which she accepted the honor from her husband, Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy. Throughout the duration of the show, the internet was buzzing with many insults thrown in the direction of Blue Ivy and the state of her hair; with most spewing hateful remarks such as “where is her Just for Me? or “Why she look like a brillo pad?”, towards the Carter-Knowles offspring in an attempt to be “funny”.
*deep negro spiritual sigh*
Let me first state the facts on this: Although Blue Ivy is one of the most famous children in the world, let us not forget that she is indeed still a CHILD. The fact that some people are calling for a child to have a provenly harsh chemical substance such as a relaxer, be applied to her hair while she is still growing is some what of insult to an entire culture of curly-haired babies. Have you forgotten about the incredibly offensive “Re-civilize yourself” ad that Nivea ran a few years ago? Yeah.
I wholeheartedly believe that the hate that is bestowed on this innocent child is one of a sad belief that straight hair is better than a naturally “wild” hair. Knowing first hand what it is like to be made fun of or told that I need to relax my “unruly” hair, it aggravates me to no end when people say that a child of color with naturally curly hair needs to be have their hair relaxed because it doesn’t fit the obscene standard of beauty that society places on us.
In addition to this, the internet (read: ignorant fools) also seems to forget that Blue Ivy is a normal HUMAN toddler who has no business worrying about what the internet has to say about her hair as a 3 year old. There is no child on Earth (including some of your own, *peers over reading glasses*) that has an immaculately coiffed head of hair, as she shouldn’t. Let the girl be a child and worry about all of your judgemental standards when she’s an adult. Also, maybe you should question why you care enough to slander and berate a child, simply for how she natrually looks.
So, in defense of Blue Ivy, Beyonce, and the entire Carter family, please leave the slander alone and worry about your own edges. Because let’s be honest, some of you could use some help.
And if you still don’t get it, I’ll leave you with this gif. Because honey, Blue is sipping her juice out of a golden Grammy award and you’re sitting in your room with no bed frame. Deal.