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White New Yorker Rocks an Afro in Attempt to ‘Find Herself’… Harmless Fun or Offensive?

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Michelle Lapidos (@michellejoni) is a white, blonde woman on an Eat, Pray, Love-type journey of self-discovery. And thanks to her Afro wig, she’s learning a lot about self-liberation, but sadly, little about self-awareness.

Lapidos started a blog, Before and Afro, chronicling her exploits roaming around New York City in a cartoonish afro wig she bought to wear at a ’70’s-themed office party. She says, “The afro changed my perspective; it made me think, walk, see and experience life differently. I wear it often. It’s not about feeling black… what I actually feel like is ME, understood more clearly. It’s not an alter ego. It’s an amplified ego.”

Lapidos only wears her ‘fro to events where there are sure to be a high concentration of black people, so she might take photos with said black folks. She even wore her wig to a Fried Chicken Extravaganza (what the…?), which she claims “was obviously an occasion to wear the fro.”(duh! because black people like fried chicken, amiright?)

Several people, including some of Lapidos’s phantom ‘black friends‘ have told her that donning the ‘fro as a white woman might be a little problematic or even hurtful to some people of color. Even though this issue has been brought to her attention, she still insists that the people of color (and white folks) advising her to cease and desist just don’t understand her innocent little experiment.

Yet in each of her posts, Lapidos fails to explain how her “perspective” (her word) has changed, what about her life is different, or how she better understands herself. Her body language, however, says it all. In her first photoshoot with the ‘fro, she poses in a “gangsta” stance. In another photo, she is growling.

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S.O
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S.O

This woman is an absolute idiot. She wants attention and has obviously got some serious racist views about black people. What a fool.

Ev`Yan
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I agree with you on the idiot part. Not sure about racism, per se, though I do think this woman is lost.

Ain't I an African
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Ain't I an African

Yup, she’s an idiot. Somewhere on her blog ‑if I recall correctly- it appears like she was looking to start a blog but didn’t have any subject matter. Then it struck her that she could write about wearing an Afro. I think she’s just looking for attention. It’s nothing about self discovery. She just wants to be an eat-pray-love-esque celebrity or whatever.

S.O
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S.O

Her portrayal and view of black people are based on racist stereotypes, even is she does not mean any harm to black people I dont think her narrow minded views are naive, she knows exactly what she is doing. As other have pointed out she does not wear the afro or act in that way in situations such as work etc so she understands that what is she doing is demeaning. Despite negative comments about how appropriate her website is she continues to keep it up in the name of self discovery, so obviously she has no respect for the… Read more »

Deav
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Deav

She’s the living embodiment of an internet troll! A quite amazing instance of virtual online fuckery materialising out in the real world.

Anyone who catches sight of her in NYC or at any local ‘fried chicken festivals’ needs to give her some useful ‘feedback’, I know I would.

And don’t hesitate to get in her face while giving it either, as I’m sure that experience would definitely aid in speeding up her process of ‘finding herself’.

amy
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amy

Black people stop being so sensitive, there are several BLACK women wearing straight weaves from India or Brazil yet we dont see other races getting upset at us for imitating how we wear their hair…moving on.

Froregade
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Froregade

The issue isn’t mimicking another culture’s hair style. The issue is doing so and along with that, playing into very archaic and, what should long dead, perspectives of those people. If black women were wearing Indian hair extensions and while simultaneously walking around doing fake Indian accents and wearing bed sheets around them to mimic Saris then there would be an issue. Especially if they’re doing so at a curry festival (do those exist?). The fact that she only apparently does this around BLACK people at events with high concentrations of them is the issue, and the even more disturbing… Read more »

Naija81
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Naija81

Froregade, thank you. My sentiments exactly

Jessica
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Jessica

YESS

Person
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Person

I SERIOUSLY don’t know whyCERTAIN black people freaking LOVE basking in the glory of “I’m a victim!!! I’m a victim!!!!” Wtf! I am NOT a victim just because I’m black!!! Secondly, It’s HER life!! Everyone acts “gangster” in pictures sometimes, or make stupid faces, or act like idiots! This is absolutely getting out of hand. I’m tired of people making it seem like black people are the only victims in the world. we are NOT victims! We can be self sufficient just like any other race! Other races can wear hair like us and we can do the same. the… Read more »

Efa
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Efa

Ummmm I’m sorry but how old are you? Because I am 18 and just graduated highschool and I am VERY INSTULTED BY THIS. Have you ever heard of social justice? Casual racism? Because this is a firm of it and it is my social justice being a black woman to call her out. She is not just having fun she is making fun of a small part of black culture. If she did this experiment like I wonder how ppl react to my hair and wore it just around her daily life it would be A ok but she wore… Read more »

rrstyle
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rrstyle

you go girl! 18yrs old and telling it!!

Rou
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Rou

Thank you for that statement! I don’t associate any ignorant Black folks who act like this stupid white lady in those pictures. I don’t flash gang signs in pics. I don’t even know any gang signs. Why does she? Just saying…

person
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person

I’m actually 22. I am mature enough and self confident enough to not be affected by this at all. She decides to make a fool out of herself, thats her issue. She has the esteem issues. I’m no victim and people are weak enough to give her the “rise” shes asking for. Sorry, ignoring it doesnt make it go away but constantly crying about it doesnt either. Do something about it by letting “racists” live in their own ignorant bubble. sorry but some random white woman wearing an afro doesnt do anything to my esteem as a black woman.

Efa
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Efa

Ok I mean good for you be confident but outside of the white chick wearing the Afro I am a victim… Like all Afros and white chicks aside race matters.… A lot… Like I live in a suburban town in jersey and it is diverse and I love it. However there are times that race comes up and I don’t cry and wait for a hand out I go get what is mine and what I deserve. That whole colorblind thing is bullshit because that means people don’t recognize your struggle. But I know I’m black and that my friends… Read more »

Gina
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Gina

Sorry, it’s not that simple. She herself said she is experiencing some sort of enlightenment from wearing the wig. If she had just put “Me playing gangsta — lol!” as a caption, I would have rolled my eyes at a stupid joke and kept on stepping. But acting like she has “learned” something about black culture and THEN stepping out with a gangsta pose — well, that sista clearly needs some real education thrown her way. Chick better read “Eat, Pray, Love” quietly next time if she doesn’t want to be schooled so hard. Truth is, she did find enlightenment… Read more »

Gina
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Gina

Sorry, that was meant for someone else!

anastasia
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anastasia

Perfect, YES!

anastasia
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anastasia

Perfect, YES!’ intended as a reaction to Froregade’s response.

yoco
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yoco

EXACTLY! Very well stated Froregade.

Why is it when Black people are denigrated some Whites and even some Blacks will make excuses and comments about being too sensitive. Let this same individual make or do anything derogatory to Jews and you bet that Jewish people will react swiftly and decidedly, and the action will stop immediately. Moreover, there will be no mention of being over sensitive.

While imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery, denigrating mockery is fowl!

yoco
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yoco

Sorry, I didn’t mean “fowl” as in chicken — LOL; I meant foul 🙂

person
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person

i dont understand why this bothers SOME black people so much. Honestly, how does this woman affect who you are personally?? Freedom of speech!! expression!! religion!! whatever! You can feel offended by whatever you want.. some people indeed are more sensitive that others… thats not a problem. The issue is constantly hearing ‘i’m a victim because I’m black”… NO, this isnt the 60’s. people get sued left and right for discrimination or whatever else. If we are victims BECAUSE we are black then NO black person should be successful. We have MANY successful black people. Minorities can get the sh!!ty… Read more »

africandiva
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africandiva

+1

DreamGirl
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DreamGirl

Wow,thank you for higjlighting this,my sentiments exactly! Taking offence is a choice and as black people we should stop being so quick to take offence and move on.

Naija81
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Naija81

Froregade, thank you. My sentiments exactly.

Nikki
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Nikki

+1 Completely agree. I will keep reading the comment section though b/c I am sure it is about to be entertaining in here. ::runs to make popccorn:: LOL!.

Knatural
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Knatural

+1

Jeje
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Jeje

Yes! I agree!

shan
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shan

Beg pardon? If I should so decide to wear so called Indian hair, I wouldn’t wrap myself in a sheet, call it a sari and pretend to be something I’m not. Yet here she is doing exactly that. It would be fine if she was herself but she decided to be a caricature, a stereotype. How is that not ignorant? I’m all for not crying foul over every slight, but she deserves to be called out for this.

Jessica
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Jessica

and YES!!

chouxchoux
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exactly. well put

Bell
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Bell

Well Amy, it’s not abot how she’s wearing her hair. It about her running around making fun of black womens real hair! Black women that wear their hair like this are very proud of their journey to not needing another woman’s hair to feel beautiful. Then this woman comes along seemingly making making fun of that. If she wore that wig because she thought it was hot on herself no one would give a damn. If she wore that wig with trying to seek out black people and pose like a stereotypical black person we wouldn’t care. Then the weird… Read more »

Miss T
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Miss T

This is so true. I’m not saying its 100% but black women that wear their hair naturally usually are very well dressed, productive, lady like and well rounded. I have yet to see a pic of a black woman with an afro throwing up a gang sign

Miss Elisa K.
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All I am going to say is why White People want to embrace the superficial things of our race but not everything? If she had to be black for real, tight, coily hair grew out of her scalp, black skin, on top of 100 years of economic and psychological turmoil of a history, she really would be trying to find herself and would wish she was carefree and White again.

Zindzi
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Zindzi

Everything but the burden!

Miz B
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Miz B

+1

Efa
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Efa

Preach!!!!!!!!!! +1 they want everything but the oppression lol

KWL0711
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KWL0711

Ok???!!! Well said.

anastasia
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anastasia

Real talk!

Trisha
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Trisha

I am not offended by the wig at all, and I don’t think anyone else should be. This is a cry for attention.
Caucasians are not offended when black women wear long flowing blonde wigs, ie: Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Ru Paul, and many more.
I would say to anyone that is offended by this wig.… lighten up. The woman is looking for attention, as much as any black woman that puts on a blonde wig.

Zindzi
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Zindzi

I need for people to stop always saying, “white people aren’t offended by xyz, so Black people shouldn’t be offended by xyz.” When white people have endured the centuries of state-sponsored and endorsed slavery, discrimination, racial violence & inequities that Black people have, THEN we can start acting like we should all have the same reactions to things. Hair is a racialized & politicized matter. Why would a white womban care about us having straight hair? Eurocentrism has posited that as the standard of beauty (and I recently found out a lot of white womben mysteriously think our hairs grows… Read more »

elleroc
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elleroc

ditto!

J. Nicole
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Exactly! Here’s the obvious: she wants attention. Whats the best way to get attention? Controversy. She’s using her white privilege to mock and jump on the ‘natural’ hair bandwagon. How she can ‘find herself’ by wearing a laughable afro wig is beyond me. Whether she’s pretending to be ignorant, I can’t say, but clearly she has some form of ignorance since her mannerisms change in these pics. It not only mocks black people but her blog mocks people of any race that work hard to put out substance an gain readers- myself included (shameless plug). I’ve read some people say… Read more »

chouxchoux
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yes. I recently found that out too. she actually thought we just flat iron our hair like everyone else. I was like “whaa? no…?”

Dani
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Dani

smh ‑_____- lol

paige
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paige

She needs her ass whooped. She might as well put on black face too. My Afro doesn’t make growl or get gangster. And they wonder why we still good resentment towards them? Gtfoh.

Zindzi
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Zindzi

I would say its a bit offensive. Our hair is not a punchline and I don’t understand how a white womban can find “liberation” through wearing an Afro wig. However, I couldn’t care less. White folks do offensive mess like this all the time; you can’t really pay much attention to it. People have told her its offensive and she doesn’t care. I don’t know her, and wouldn’t care to.

Who'd she coo?
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Who'd she coo?

This is so obviously a passive aggressive move of hatred and ridicule of Black people on her part-complete with a “Tom” partner. No surprise, here in America (on both parts). My question is why would you give attention to such street leveled ignorance? To me, that is the bigger crime. Any ‘reason-for’, response does not validate any use of good judgement on even publishing garbage. Whatever attention this individual is attempting…, congratulations on your gift-giving. There are enough positive and promoting attention needed-Black activities to address. Even one of my fourth or fifth graders would ignore trash like this.

Crist
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Crist

peep the black girl in the blue shirt, 2nd picture. #She’sThinkingExactlyWhatI’mThinking

Colette
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Colette

ITA with Crist. There are other ways to find yourself besides donning a cheap Afro wig and changing its color on a whim and grimacing for the camera. I was going to chalk her up as eccentric or just nuts, but when she made it a point to state she wears this BS-BSS nightmare at largely black events, she gets a HUGE thumb down. My hair is not an experiment, and I do not want to be the punchline of a joke. Between this mess and the Ole Miss coronation and that awful little pageant girl on TLC with the… Read more »

Colette
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Colette

I apologize. I mean minstrel shows. I am so upset my grammar is suffering.

Shades
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Shades

You’ve never seen asian girls twerkin in the club? It is very real and not always done in mockery. I’ve seen the girls who are genuine dancehall queens and I’ve also seen the girls who think they’re being “ghetto” by popping their “booty”. The latter needs to get their lives.

chouxchoux
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the latter needs to get ther lives” lol I don’t appreciate how every other ethnicity has a number of people who think it’s “cool” and “cute” to “act black” but it’s not o cute and cool when you actually are black.

juanita617
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juanita617

Korean twerk teams…I can actually see it. SMH

Deedeemaha
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Deedeemaha

My first thought was, “so what”. 2nd thought, “hmm this could be a problem”. However, my 3rd thought really surprised me, “if we blacks (some not all) can walk around wearing European long bone straight wigs, foreheads set so far back from alopecia looking like Klingons from Star Trek, well she can wear her Afro. We wear the wigs around a lot of races, black, white, you name it we weave, wig, and glue that long straight hair on. We walk, stand, and swing it from side to side. Black celebs wear straight weaves and wigs on stage in front… Read more »

chouxchoux
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did you read the entire article or did you just skim it? she outright goes out of here way to wear the wig at events where there will be a large number of black people only. no other time. and judging by the pictures she appears to be “acting black” as well. I don’t understand how anyone, particularly this very confused woman, can see it as plausible for a white woman to say she’s finding herself by wearing an afro wig to black events, pretending to be black. This, from her reasoning to her image, looks like one big minstrel… Read more »

anastasia
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anastasia

looking like Klingons from Star Trek” O. MY. GOODNESS. LMAO, Lord forgive me!

Mai
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Mai

This wouldn’t offend me if certain things weren’t happening such as 1. NOT always posing as a “gangsta” in the wig 2. NOT wearing the wig to a fried chicken extravanganza because it is the “perfect” place to wear it (her words not mine) 3. NOT wearing a costume afro wig and actually wearing an afro wig that looks more natural I don’t get offended easily, I understand ignorance comes in varying degrees and sometimes people are oblivious. I’ve been through the whole “I have to fight every battle that comes to me” and since then I have learned to… Read more »

Gina
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Gina

Amen! I dare her to wear that wig every day for the next three years — to work, on dates, in the bed, to the gym, in the shower. I want her to see how people treat her when the novelty has worn off. Will her boyfriend still be around? Will her boss approve? Will people see her as less professional? Until she has done that, she has not learned jack, in my opinion.

Belicia
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Belicia

Exactly!! She tweeted that she was about to take a long shower and Curly Nikki replied that she needs to leave the hair on, we can’t take ours off to shower. It’s like when those people wear fat suits to see how it feels. Leave it on all the time, then write about it.

Auset
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Auset

LOL at CurlyNikki telling to leave the wig on. Classic. Just like black face, you can wipe yours off, I can’t wipe my black off.

chouxchoux
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that’s exactly it. You’ve stated perfectly what makes it offensive.

LBell
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LBell

THANK YOU. I thought PostBourgie’s response was perfect.

I also think that anybody who dismisses this as “just another wig wearer” and “black women wear straight hair so what’s the big deal?” either didn’t read her blog or read it but didn’t comprehend what she was doing. Reading is fundamental and critical thinking is essential. Thankfully some of us can do both.

LA
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LA

no comment…

areille
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areille

She’s a joke. I’d probably roll my eyes and walk right past her If I saw her out but then again we probably wouldn’t at the same events. Fried Chicken Extravaganza ?! Uhm no.. The poses and faces she makes in her photos are classless. I wouldn’t would be friends with anyone who posted pictures like that, black or white. Why are you poking your butt out in a short skirt?

Deedeemaha
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Deedeemaha

We wear the straight wigs, everywhere all over the world, on stage, restaurants of every race, reservations„ swinging them left and right, walking like Barbie dolls. I went to a reggae event, the weaves and wigs out number the Afros and dreads. Did I notice yes, did I get offended no.

J201
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J201

I’m not offended by this because its not the wig (our hair) that looks stupid, it’s her. I mean look at her she looks like the definition of a fool.

elleroc
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elleroc

My God, she is stupid! She is obviously bored with her life and figured that donning an afro wig would make her ‘unbored’. I thought it was some type of joke for Halloween, or another parody but really?? Is that what she really sees in african/african american culture? smh!

tigerlily
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tigerlily

I’m not offended by the fact she is wearing an afro wig but I am concerned about her reasons for wearing the wig. Overall I have bigger and better things to worry about. A caucasian female erasing an afro wig isn’t that big of a deal to me.

Elle
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She looks at hot mess. It’s a shameless cry for attention, that she has clearly received. It’s her right to walk around as she chooses, even if she looks two fries short of a happy meal. I’m not offended, but maybe if we stopped acknowledging the foolishness, the foolishness will cease and desist.

LoveB_Jones
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I find it funny how some people bring Black women wearing straight weaves as a reason for why someone shouldn’t be offended by it. It really isn’t the same seeing how whites have never really been pressured by the media to give into European beauty seeing how they already have it. I think this is all a matter of respect. If she had only donned it to her costume party or Halloween Party I probably wouldn’t care too much although the long blonde hair is just as popular of an accessory for the hippie look. The fact that she is… Read more »

df
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df

Why can’t I get away from this story and that stupid picture of her?!!

Lisha
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Lisha

I am not offended by her wearing an afro wig, it is her actions, behavior and dress that I find offensive. Posing for pictures as a gangster or wearing over the top, flamboyant clothing is a mockery of African American women and culture. She has made wearing an afro a minstrel show. I believe if she was truly trying to experience something different she would wear this afro to work, church, the grocery store, etc. and carry on a normal life as African American women with natural hair do every day. I believe this afro wig is just a costume… Read more »

Maryam
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Maryam

I take no offence and don’t see the harm. But I do believe this lady is a fool.

Miz B
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Miz B

Offensive…get your life white girl.

mystical rose
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mystical rose

If she wore it and went about her daily life, that would be fine. Whatever. The problem is that she’s relying upon stereotypes to teach her how to behave when wearing that wig. Look at all her poses in the pictures posted above! She’s turned this “experiment” into an actual joke.

Landry
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Landry

The bottom line is that this is ALL about ATTENTION. I’m more concerned about her mental health than I am about being offended.

She seems like a rather ignorant person. It is what it is, but no skin of my back!

juanita617
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juanita617

I’m going to check out her blog to get a better perspective on her point of view because right now I feel what she is doing is very offensive. I understand trying to find yourself and sometimes we get to that point in an unorthodox way but she has to know what she is doing…just a inkling of a understanding inside her. SMH.…I’m going to see for myself.

Natalee
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Natalee

I’m honestly too baffled to be offended. Once I stop scratching my head, I may come to terms with my actual emotions. I don’t understand why she’s doing this. She claims its self liberating, but how can you liberate yourself if your wearing the mask of another, especially that of a caricature. Clearly she wants attention and may run into the right one to tell her about herself.

binks
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binks

Can we stop giving this chick attention. As mention nobody says she can’t wear an afro or that she shouldn’t plenty of white people have natural afros but the way did she chose to represent herself as stereotypical image with the afro? Her chose in wearing the afro doesn’t seem authentic because it looks pike she is a character and being mimicing. Furthermore what EXACTLY is she finding? This lady need to have several _/

lovelylauz02
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lovelylauz02

+1,000

DCW
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DCW

Where’s Anderson Cooper when you need him? This one is ripe and ready for his Ridiculist…give her a call AC…Lol!!!! She’s pretty smart though because all publicity (positive or negative) is good publicity, isn’t that what they say?! Apparently it’s true.

lovelylauz02
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lovelylauz02

In the middle pic.. the expression on the black girl on the right.. her face says it all.…. WTH? If she was kicking it with white people, I wouldn’t really care. What is she trying to accomplish? Does creating a false self lead to the realization of ones true self? Lemme go get a blonde wig and act like I don’t know who the hell I am… oh wait, black people have been doing that for years. BLACK PEOPLE WITH LONG FLOWING WEAVES LOOK JUST AS FOOLISH AS THIS WOMAN. Those who try to pass their many weaves off as… Read more »

DCW
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DCW

I’m with you @lovelylauz02!…that’s why I’m laughing at her and not with her. I can’t get too deep with it. I don’t like my knowledge being wasted on fools…they will never understand.

Bri
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Bri

Has anyone read her twitter comments? I agree, she’s looking for attention and doesn’t understand how some things are offensive to others. She’s an idiot and she doesn’t deserve all the negative attention she’s getting. It only makes her feel validated in what she is doing.

KWL0711
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KWL0711

Now that’s just precious…lol.

It’s almost flattering that she would go to such idiotic lengths to want to be like us, yet fail so miserably.

I hope that wig isn’t flammable.… **shrug**

Shannon
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Shannon

I’m not sure that I’m offended. However, I AM thoroughly confused.

Eloisa
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Eloisa

No stupid white girl. Just NO!

FloridaHoneybee
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FloridaHoneybee

She should be ignored wherever she goes–she is a narcissist and an attention seeker.

And look at that stupid black man .…he won’t be smirkin when she puts him in jail on a rape charge.

mac
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mac

She’s a moron and should be made to feel bad about herself.

Feli
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Feli

I am an infamous blog lurker but this right here… sent me right over the edge. Had to comment, multiple times, on her blog. I have high hopes that she isn’t really THAT ignorant. I’m about 100% sure that she knew it was offensive and that is exactly why she did it. She talked about coming from a Tosh.O / South Park era which means she was probably intentional in her attack on racial stereotypes just for the sake of getting some attention and well… she succeeded.

Teri
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Teri

Michelle Lapidos you are a coon (cancerous, off-base, outlandish, and narrow-minded).

Aisha
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Aisha

This silly woman. She’s doing it for attention and possibly as an excuse to chat up black guys (not that she needs one).

Sophie
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Sophie

Silly. I’m not going to get all upset about it, but it’s not just that she’s wearing the wig, it’s that she’s wearing it and acting stupid, like the wig inspires her to be a fool. It’s just attention seeking, and I plan to generally ignore it.

JustLeavingaComment
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JustLeavingaComment

She’s just looking like the fool she most assuredly is. I say keep on doing it little girl and you’ll see the wrath of The Almighty recompense your actions swiftly and when you least expect it. …and don’t cry because you would have brought it on yourself. As for white folk posing as black women on here saying “oh, it’s no big deal” — I’d say to you go occupy that heathen’s blog if you think she’s so fly. Don’t hang-out on BGLH. And for the young and dilluted — please read a book, study your history, talk to your… Read more »

Coco
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Coco

Just look at those stupid negroes posing with that flipping misguided moron.

Tamara
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Tamara

Not that serious. I don’t find it offensive at all .

Alana
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From one black woman to another…It’s a flippin wig and one white woman…who cares!!!! Are we really that sensitive as adult black women to get offended by a white woman wearing an ugly afro wig when she is the only one looking silly? See the problem is too many black women getting all hot and bothered over something as insignificant as hair. Grow up people…not news worthy.

Nicole
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Nicole

I’ve only seen one person mention this but I want to bring it back up. This girl doesn’t think that anything is wrong with this because3 she is blinded, aided and abetted by her WHITE PRIVILEGE. Where are my lib arts graduates, ya’ll know what I’m talking about…

Temple
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Temple

She looks dumb as hell because she is dumb as hell. I’m not offended, per se, more embarrassed for her idiocy and willfully racist acts. To put it eloquently, everybody wants to be a nigga, but nobody wants to be a nigga. You want to take parts of my race and culture when it’s ‘convenient’ for you or cute and kitschy to you. My natural, afro-textured hair is not, and never will be, a damn costume for you to ~embrace~. You want the aesthetic but not the burden it ensues (ya know, my texture of hair being considered ugly, dirty,… Read more »

Teri
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Teri

+1

Tierra
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Tierra

Oooo yes, I felt that like a sermon! Preach!

Bell
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Bell

Then the black people posing in pics with her piss me off even more! Bet she won’t show up to a natural hair event or an African pride event in Brooklyn looking like that. Hell I dare her to just walk through Brooklyn looking like that! All those proud as black women with big fros out there! She’d get well informed!

Afrochelle
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Afrochelle

The difference between this:
[img]https://bglh-marketplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/beyonce.jpeg[/img]

and this:
[img]https://bglh-marketplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/girl.jpeg[/img]

is that Beyonce wears straight blonde hair like she thinks it improves her beauty. This chick wears an afro likes she thinks it’s a big f*cking joke.

I blame society.

Barbara
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Barbara

Kay, Both look stupid AF but only one is posing stupidly.

Ciarra
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Ciarra

Honestly, who cares about this white girl, this article shouldn’t have been published.non factor.

Derin
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Derin

My problem came from the part where she wore it to that Fried Chicken event because it was “obviously an occasion to wear the fro”. I don’t think she’s racist so much as ignorant. She says she’s on some journey to self-discovery, but I don’t know what self-discovery has to do with encouraging that kind of stereotype. It’s like she’s justifying actions that would seem insensitive under other circumstances by lumping into whatever journey to self-liberation she’s going through. I think she should be clear on how the afro has changed her perspective, might give me a better idea on… Read more »

Miss T
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Miss T

Its interesting that some black and white people think afro’s or natural hair is a joke, but if she were to wear a blue wig that looked like a bad perm styled in a stereotypical hairstyle those people wouldn’t find it as funny. I get crazy looks from white women and black women with raggedy perms with a teaspoon full of hair all the time

africandiva
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africandiva

we all know about blonde hair being associated with a dumb ditsy girl. Every hair type has stereotypes and we have to live with ALL these stereotypes. However instead of crying and moaning about society lets try and make something POSITIVE outta of our BLACKNESS!

Person
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Person

finally!! i see a fellow black woman with confidence!!! who cares about this woman??haha
i agree with you!!

koopagrrl
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koopagrrl

KILL IT WITH FIRE

On a more serious note, could she have “discovered” herself being doing something useful like learning a new hobby or supporting a cause?

Wearing an afro wig and acting like an idiot is not discovering yourself. Seriously what the fuck.

Jada
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Jada

Chick talking about black women hair is not as long or as soft as hers. If you think she can say something like that with a pure agenda, you’re gullible. SMH!!

kittybrown
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kittybrown

She wore an afro wig and read Assata. Give her a cookie. No but really, if she thinks that temporarily aligning herself with what is MY ACTUAL REALITY for the sake of “self discovery” is going to do something for her, she needs to have an entire concert hall of seats. This is immature, unnecessary and tired. The last picture featured on this page ( she’s wearing the blue dress) says it all: black women are a joke to her. I might have some respect for her if she would have used something that somewhat resembled an actual afro and… Read more »

amani
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amani

Why would anyone find this offensive? We don’t find black women wearing straight or “white people hair” wigs/weaves etc offensive.….

Monica
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Monica

The girl is just stupid and has a poor sense of self. If anything she is just trying to get a black man. Simply stupid experiment and girl. She looks foolish and the brothers who are in the pictures with her are playing her for a fool.

Oratilwe
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Oratilwe

When any black woman wears a “brazilian weave”, “ghana braids” or even African threads is she trying to land a brazilian man? I think noT. not all women do things to get male attention

Annointed Queen
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Annointed Queen

IT’S MY BELIEF THAT SHE SIMPLY MAKES A FOOL OUT OF HERSELF BECAUSE SHE DOESN’T FIT IN,
ANYWHERE!!!

Annointed Queen
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Annointed Queen

IT’S MY BELIEF THAT IN AN ATTEMPT TO FIT IN SHE MAKES A FOOL OUT OF HERSELF.

tycoop
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tycoop

okay.. do yes she may look dumb/uneduated/ditsy and all but you have to think that probably the way white people look at use when us black women walk around like its okay to be black as midnight and rock blonde straight hair thats 20 inches long.. does that make you look foolish as a black woman?? Hell yes it does so I really cant even get mad because this one white girl wears hair like (us black women) but black women walk around with “white girl” hair all the time. I am natural and I love being a natural black… Read more »

Sadies
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Sadies

You know what, that makes a lot a sense.

Efa
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Efa

I am truly saddened by the poor delusional black women that say” white people don’t get mad when we wear straight weaves” .… Seriously? Well my ancestors didn’t get mad when they got chased down and shoved on a boat to harvest tobacco!!! Are you kidding me… Do you know anything about life? I could care less bout this white bitch but I fear for my fellow black women that think like this. It obviously is not the same thing. These women wear the straight hair sometimes because as most naturals know hair that is fried dyed and laid to… Read more »

Saye
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Saye

LOL, I am sorry but that white lady looks ridiculous. For my black sisters don’t get me wrong; but when we wear certain types of weaves or wigs, some Whites look at us like the way people are looking at the Caucasian lady, like a fool. If she wore her hair naturally or wore a wig/weave that looked like her natural texture people won’t view her as a joke. Likewise, if black women wore their hair naturally or wore wig/weaves that looked like our true texture, people won’t laugh at us either.

Kris
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Kris

There are many things out there for me to be upset about. This isn’t one of them. In fact, in some ways (not all), I applaud her audacity. If more people– black, white, green, etc.– wore Afros, it may become perceived as normal and acceptable by the mainstream media. Isn’t that what we are fighting for? Moreover, my hair, whether I don a wig, weave, relaxer, or whatever, is my way of expressing myself. If everyone applied that mantra to their lives, no one would be upset about the way this woman has chosen to express herself.

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