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BET Insults Blue Ivy’s Coily Fro at the VMAs… As it Runs Ads for Natural Hair Products

Avatar • Sep 2, 2014

I’m not a member of the Beyhive. In fact, I don’t own a single Beyonce album. Personally, I’ve been a fan of Jigga since my parents let me get my first “Parental Advisory” labeled CD.

But that’s neither here nor there.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know who Blue Ivy is. You know who her parents are and you might even be aware of the petitions, blog posts and social media draggings dedicated to her hair. The topic died down recently, with more attention being paid to the little girl cheering on her mom and dancing in her daddy’s lap while Bey performed at the VMAs.

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But BET and the writers at questionably relevant 106 & Park couldn’t leave well enough alone. One day after the MTV Video Music Awards aired, Karrueche Tran guest hosted the music video countdown show.  During a segment about six things Blue Ivy thought during the VMAs, Tran said:

I really did wake up like this because my parents don’t comb my hair.”

She immediately followed it up with “Sorry Blue! I love you!”, as if she knew reading that joke spelled career suicide.

In the days following, Tran has received tons of social media backlash, including death threats (ya’ll gotta chill). BET President of Music Programming Stephen Hill even took to Twitter to apologize for the “stupid, unthoughtful joke” and informed everyone that BET is taking punitive measures against the writers of the script responsible, while also vouching for Karrueche’s innocence in the matter.

But Mr. Hill, the issue here isn’t Karreuche.

Although there is some culpability on her end (I mean, sometimes you should just know better), the root of the issue is BET and how a network aimed at black viewers (BET has not been black owned since Bob Johnson sold it to Viacom in 2000) speaks with a forked tongue when it comes to natural hair. The duplicitous network has no issue running commercials for Dark & Lovely Au Naturale and Creme of Nature natural hair products to collect ad revenue coins, while still utilizing multiple avenues to reinforce the notion that natural hair is unattractive and unacceptable.

Beyond the fact that making fun of a child (regardless of who their parents are) is rude and morally reprehensible, the realization that the jab at Blue Ivy was even given a green light speaks to greater issues and a lack of diversity and cultural sensitivity at the network. I’m not sure how staffing has changed at BET since the Viacom takeover 14 years ago, but I’m willing to bet that there are a lot less black staff at the Black Entertainment Television network than there was prior to Viacom’s buyout.

How else do you explain such an ill-conceived jab at natural hair coming to pass from a “black” television network?

Even if everyone was black at BET, I’d be careful not to assume that everyone liked or was even in support of natural hair. However, given that blackness does not exist as a monolith, it would be safe to say that somewhere within that (hypothetically) exclusively black group would be a segment of women and men who would have spoken up and called that joke exactly what it was: distasteful and plain wrong.

But that’s just me speculating.

Instead of BET rallying behind and supporting Blue Ivy’s gorgeous kinky coily mane, they chose to sit comfortably behind the same disparaging rhetoric that identifies phenotypical identifiers of blackness as anything but beautiful. Given the influence and platform that Blue Ivy shares with her mom, it stands to reason that the mini celebrity is one of several defacto ambassadors of the natural hair movement for kids. Her parents’ decision to let her mane flow and fro freely should be celebrated, not to be poked fun at as a trending topic for a struggle show.

In spite of how the natural hair movement has grown in recent years, the same whitewashed perceptions of beauty continue to persist in every corner of major media.

How many times have you personally been told that your natural hair looked dry, nappy, unkempt and needed to be combed? How many times do we have to have this conversation about our hair?

Prior to being sold, the veracity and integrity of BET would have never been called into question. But at the end of the day, BET and Viacom are owned by one man — Sumner Redstone. And you can bet your bottom dollar his interest in acquiring BET had absolutely nothing to do with preserving the quality and integrity of the network. As I said earlier in the year, with regard to Lisa Price no longer owning Carol’s Daughter, when you don’t own things, you have no say in what is done with them. While Johnson’s network might have been a pioneering force in black media at its inception, in 2014 BET is far from its roots.

Instead of making fun of Blue Ivy’s hair, perhaps the 106 & Park time slot could’ve been spent highlighting 6 reasons why Beyonce mailed them a pre-recorded performance for the BET Awards, but was live and in person for the VMAs. Fun fact: Viacom owns MTV, too.

 

Would you expect such a joke to be broadcast? How do you feel about BET’s apology? 

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About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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Alisa
Alisa
6 years ago

Would I expect such a joke to be broadcast? Yes, of course. BET is trash, as it has been for a number of years. The joke was distasteful, and Blue Ivy’s hair was beautiful, as it always has been. I fail to see the humor in talking about an innocent child’s hair.

Beverly
Beverly
6 years ago
Reply to  Alisa

Thank you!

Victoria Owl
Victoria Owl
6 years ago
Reply to  Alisa

100% Agreed!

lexibugg
lexibugg
6 years ago
Reply to  Alisa

Her hair is beautiful. ..Thank you

Stephie
Stephie
6 years ago

This is getting ridiculous! This is a child! Who the hell makes fun of a child? I guess since they can’t find anything physically wrong Beyonce,they pick on her baby. Ppl have been going in on this child since she was conceived. Only a jerk would find this fun. Yes some times her hair has knots in it, but if you leave a child’s hair out, they will twist and pull at it. Let’s start a new petition called “leave Blue Ivy’s hair alone”

Darlyn
Darlyn
6 years ago
Reply to  Stephie

BET has on a program called “Black Girls Rock” annually. I’ll be contacting them to consider airing their show online or something. How can you tell us sistas to uplift ourselves when you can’t even respect someone’s child.

lexibugg
lexibugg
6 years ago
Reply to  Stephie

The ignorant

Ashley
Ashley
6 years ago

Great article! Last paragraph was the kicker!

mlank64
mlank64
6 years ago

I haven’t watched or supported BET in decades.…black owned, not black owned doesn’t make a difference. Their ratchet rap videos and degrading treatment of black women and girls was enough for me. Colorism, sexism, and just plain “ghetoofied” ignorance sealed the deal for me. So, I’m not suprised about the recent comments regarding lil blue’s hair. Nothing will change unless people realize that their purchasing power and their unwilliness to support all things ratchet ends. jmtc

Butterflysoulfire
Butterflysoulfire
6 years ago
Reply to  mlank64

I couldn’t agree more. The negative images of blacks in media and negative lyrics in black music are ruining the already fragmented and downtrodden community. When will black people stop glorifying ignorance?

LBell
LBell
6 years ago
Reply to  mlank64

THANK YOU. It’s way too easy to blame white folks for this…BET was ratchet LONG before Bob Johnson sold it. And black folks haven’t needed white folks’ help to hate on each other for a few centuries now. Yes, I said it… It’s been a good 20 years since I last watched BET with any kind of regularity. It’s also been at least 20 since I listened to mainstream “urban” hip-hop on a regular basis. Many of these black-targeted media organizations get away with this kind of ratchetness because they know a lot of black folks are so hungry for… Read more »

anon
anon
6 years ago
Reply to  mlank64

Same.

Wasn’t too sure about this assertion:

Prior to being sold, the veracity and integrity of BET would have never been called into question.”

I’m 30 and BET has been ratchet (with a few family friendly shows and sunday morning church programs randomly tossed into the mix) as long as I can remember. Perhaps more ratchet in recent years, but always ratchet.

lv
lv
6 years ago
Reply to  mlank64

amen and amen and amen. bet is trash. I have not watched the network in years. My teenage sons do not watch. who gives a damn what the network has to say about anything.

Jei
Jei
6 years ago
Reply to  mlank64

Couldn’t agree more. Seriously though people should take a moment and think before they post/say things that could be hurtful- especially to a child regardless of who she is or her parents. Personally I think it’s great they are choosing not to put potentially harmful chemicals in her hair or trying to send a message, subtle or overt, that she isn’t perfect just the way she is. If people don’t like how it’s being styled then I hope they will still remember that this is again a child and we should be finding ways to uplift and support- not tear… Read more »

Jade
Jade
6 years ago
Reply to  mlank64

This would have been such a great comment, had you not used the words ghetto and ratchet.You’re saying we need to fix that, and no one here should pretend that ghetto and ratchet are not terms used to belittle black women (that we gracefully reclaimed, as we do everything) and we don’t need to fix blackness. As KeKe Palmer said, we tease ‘ghetto’ girls but everyone wants to be a part of that ‘ghetto’ culture. But, genuine question. what ghettoness and ratchetness are you specifically talking about? About a black network? Rap is not ‘ghetto’ its a genre of music… Read more »

mlank64
mlank64
6 years ago
Reply to  Jade

Blackness doesn’t need to be fixed…but our “ghetto culture” does. Specifically a culture that demeans and degrades black women via music and social media etc. A culture that often perpetuates colorism and ignorance. A culture that tends to glorify violence against women particularly women of color. If it wasn’t for this ghetto culture I believe black people in general would be in a far more better state than they are at present. It’s a culture that seems to circle at the bottom of the totem pole in regards to education, employment, health, and economic freedom. I made it my business… Read more »

Elle
Elle
6 years ago
Reply to  Jade

“that we gracefully reclaimed, as we do everything” With all due respect, speak for yourself. “We” are not claiming these words that “we” didn’t invent or apply to ourselves. Who proudly accepts defamation as a calling card? Certainly not Jews — and “ghetto” is Yiddish! How do you reclaim something you never owned? Also, the poster didn’t call rap as an art form “ghetto”, they noted the modern-day, heavily-financed, corporate-conceived rap video — as trash, you think differently, okay. I don’t see anyone who wants to be a part of “ghetto” culture, I see people who want to mock and… Read more »

Chanda
Chanda
6 years ago
Reply to  mlank64

And that’s a shame because BET use to be so GOOOOD. Too good.

Butterflysoulfire
Butterflysoulfire
6 years ago

I come across ignorance, bias and colorism in the black American community all the time, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Tran’s “joke” was okay-ed by blacks on the show. Despite recent increases in natural hair amongst black Americans, many blacks still (consciously or subconsciously) view coily hair and blackness in general as negative characteristics. Chris Brown and Lil’ Wayne, from what I’ve read, have made their preference for straight haired, light-skinned black women very clear.

Elle
Elle
6 years ago

The “ignorance, bias and colorism” is pervasive throughout our diaspora, that’s just fact, it’s not American specific.

And look who you’re alleging doesn’t value natural hair, an admitted batterer and a cough-syrup addict who constantly find themselves in trouble with the law. Do you look to them for insight? I’d also change “many” to “some”, until you take the pulse of “many” Black people, don’t generalize.

Iva
Iva
6 years ago

BET ran Comicview long before it was sold to Viacom and on Comicview, you could catch endless jokes disparaging skin color, hair texture and every other Black feature. It was a vile, vile show. BET has been vile for a long time, its just now white owned vileness. The Johnsons may own horse ranches and belong to the uppercrust of society now but they built that empire on every ghetto, Black-bashing stereotype in existence. I am 99.99% positive that joke was written by a black person sore that Beyonce gave MTV (their sister station as it is also owned by… Read more »

mlank64
mlank64
6 years ago
Reply to  Iva

Absolutely spot on!!

Mimi
Mimi
6 years ago

Does anyone know if Beyonce has replied to all these comments on her child’s hair, why she leaves it this way? because I’ve seen a plethora of articles, commentary, blogs, vlogs for and against Blue Ivy’s hair but in true don’t-give-a-damn fashion (as it should be) nothing from Beyonce, or is there?

She looks like she is making a powerful statement, but i hate saying people are making powerful statements and trying to force them to be ambassadors to a movement for change when they are just trying to “be”.

Oy
Oy
6 years ago

Too often Black media and TV “icons” that are foisted on us are set up as modern day minstrel shows. Even when Black owned, White people were still pulling the strings. Mass media has always had an ulterior motive when it comes to Black folks and I was never impressed or interested in BET. None of this is surprising but it’s still disappointing how tasteless Black people have been acting about Blue Ivy. I remember this same sort of crap happening to Gabby Douglas (and still don’t get what anyone was talking about!). These waste of space loudmouths need to… Read more »

Truth Hurts
Truth Hurts
6 years ago

What happen to the thumbs up & down features on comments?? That’s part of the fun posting here.…lol

Nappy4C Rocks
Nappy4C Rocks
6 years ago
Reply to  Truth Hurts

@Truth Hurts, I was thinking the same thing. The ‘thumbs down’ make me laugh…lol sorry BGLH

Jessica
Jessica
6 years ago
Reply to  Truth Hurts

Thumbs up. Lol

CollegeKid-OnABudget
CollegeKid-OnABudget
6 years ago
Reply to  Truth Hurts

so true I miss that already

Oy
Oy
6 years ago
Reply to  Truth Hurts

I don’t miss it actually. The thumbs up/down didn’t necessarily translate to what was a good comment or not. It usually just boiled down to whether people agreed or not and it was sad to see how many stupid statements the masses agreed with. Good riddance and I hope this isn’t a fluke.

curious
curious
6 years ago

Well Black women are the ones criticizing this childs hair, starting petitions, and making jokes and memes about it so no surprise BET would jump on the bandwagon and joke the same way the viewers do. I haven’t seen a single white media source blog etc say anything bad about this childs hair. It’s us black women and I am ashamed of some of these women cause it just reeks of jealousy

Victoria Owl
Victoria Owl
6 years ago

I get the feeling that the way beyonce allows Blue’s hair to be styled is how she probably deep down inside would like to wear her own hair. But she know’s that if she does, her handlers would not allow it and she will probably be made fun of as well as loose some of her fan base because they are all use to a “certain” look. And i’m guessing that she does not want to take that risk because that’s how she makes her money! Other than her voice, her look is probably the biggest reason for her success.… Read more »

Darlyn
Darlyn
6 years ago

Awwww, it sucks that BGLH took away thumbs ups and downs because I wanted to thumbs up some posts on this particular entry.

Anyway, people should leave that baby’s hair alone. I watched the VMAs and I thought that her hair was beautiful! 🙂

Carlee
Carlee
6 years ago

That gif of Blue Ivy dancing in Jay Z’s lap is so cute!! Yeah, that joke coming from BET is distasteful, but not shocking. Many women have gone natural only to find that it’s the (black) people in their own community who who are the harshest about their natural hair. I’m not saying that white people or non-blacks love natural hair more than black people, but sometimes black people feel entitled to talk about a “black issue”, such as hair, to another black person, even if it is in an insulting way. Just like one might think they can say… Read more »

elodie
elodie
6 years ago

Someone need to protect this child, if I was Bee, I would hide my baby because it doesn’t worth the sacrifice of her self esteem.

Miss Mo
Miss Mo
6 years ago

Nappy hair or not, she’s still one of the cutest babies.

Go Blue Ivy. <3

waitwhat
waitwhat
6 years ago
Reply to  Miss Mo

ummm, one of the cutest? ummm

mscf
6 years ago

You know what they say, “opinions are like a$$holes, everybody has one.” And with the internets and other tech anyone can share them and everyone else is subject to it. There’s no perm to straighten out trolls unfortunately so best thing to do is spread tolerant, progressive ideas WHICH BET SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE OPP TO DO WITH THIS SCANDAL. BUT, they’ve clearly been struggling to get their walking stick into 2014 so…

LOL @ the mailed-in satellite performance ref!!!!

http://mysocalledfashion.com

Sophie
Sophie
6 years ago

I don’t watch BET because most of what I’ve seen there is stereotyping and a generally embarrassing/ ghetto image of black people. They also don’t seem to have any particular respect for black women. Anyone with natural hair knows that Blue Ivy’s hair is taken care of because with little coils like that it would probably start to tangle and loc if it really was entirely uncombed! It is not “styled” but I like seeing a little girl with free hair instead of a receding hairline because her hair is always pulled back or braided too tightly.

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago

Unfortunately, some people( blacks included ) still believe the “Silky hair=Beautiful, Kinky hair=Unacceptable” mentality. Some people in my college( especially black females ) make fun of my natural hair because they prefer scary-looking ratchet weaves( I learnt the phrase “Ratchet weave” from KevOnStage on YouTube and it tickles me whenever I hear it; that’s the perfect way to describe their weaves ). So, I’m obliged to think that there may have been Black people, working in the BET office, who actually approved of the joke. There is still a considerable amount of black people who prefer relaxers, weaves, hair extensions,… Read more »

Leslie
Leslie
6 years ago

This is a new low BET.

Stella
Stella
6 years ago

This hunger strike will continue until BET is taken off the air, the offices shut down, and all its top executives commit Japanese-ritual suicide.” ‑Huey Freeman, The Boondocks

I’m going to watch the Hunger Strike episode of the Boondocks again. The Boondocks is way funnier than I remembered. Here it is-

Chanda
Chanda
6 years ago

BET’s gone downhill since they canceled all those good shows from the 80’s-early 2000’s and what do they have but 106&Park crap. They don’t know what the hell they’re doing anymore. Making fun little Blue’s hair while advertising natural hair products. I don’t think 106&Park’s been on air all week due to this mess. Might as well pull the plug anyway nobody’s checking for that.

B
B
6 years ago

Although I think it’s awful that they are picking on a child I feel the need to point out that this has very little to do with NATURAL hair. The issue is that Blue’s hair, be it natural or not, is neglected by her glamourous mother. It’s about the lack of care. They aren’t going in on natural hair, they are going in on the ridiculous neglect that Blue Ivy seems to be subject to. No one is asking for her hair to be permed or braided, just cared for. Combing hair does not result in alopecia, Blue’s not going… Read more »

Twinkle
Twinkle
6 years ago
Reply to  B

Well said B..my thoughts exactly!

Shanna
6 years ago
Reply to  B

I have hair like Blue Ivy. When I first went natural, I would pick it out, fluff it up and shape it into a fro. A few hours later, I would look in the mirror and it would be hamming it up on top of my head. I have more than one texture in my hair and the textures did not play well together and they did not react to the climate in the same way either. So, yes, If I wanted perfect hair, I would have to constantly be picking it all day long. Here is the thing. Blue… Read more »

Dananana
Dananana
6 years ago
Reply to  B

Are you serious right now? You could have commented on the fact that adults are making fun of a toddler. You could have commented on the decline of Black targeted network television. But you zero in on Blue’s hair and insist that it needs something it doesn’t. How old are you, B? Because your stance tells me you’re over 30, but your logic doesn’t agree. Soft brushes and wide tooth combs do and can cause some people’s edges to thin. I’m one of those people, and my hair has never been better after abandoning combs. Blue isn’t being hurt by… Read more »

B
B
6 years ago
Reply to  Dananana

I don’t do internet wars, Danana. I called it like I saw it. If you see it differently, more power to you. I sincerely hope that this is not how you conduct yourself in real life. Insulting people for having a different opinion than you is a sign of immaturity and perhaps sociopathy, IDK. What is so hard about stating your opinion respectfully? My opinion differed from that of the writers of this article but I did not insult them in anyway. I stated my opinion and kept it moving. Whatever ever valid opinion you may have had is burried… Read more »

Dananana
Dananana
6 years ago
Reply to  B

If you don’t do internet wars, why did you directly respond to me instead of crafting a response to everyone who disagreed with you? I didn’t insult you for having a different opinion, I insulted you for insinuating that not combing hair and laying it sleek is a form of laziness and neglect stemming from egotism…so we traded insults, because I’m one of those so-called egotists who doesn’t use a comb. Furthermore, my comment didn’t heap insults on you. I pointed out that you have an antiquated view (must be sleek, professional, and laid at all times, no matter the… Read more »

Oy
Oy
6 years ago
Reply to  B

@B you don’t do internet wars yet you attack back with a non related dig.…? Your opinion was steeped in a lot of ignorance and loathing for natural Black hair. Your example of Keisha on the block being told off about her kid does not support the fact the culture of calling Black children nappy head or unkempt because their hair is in it’s natural state is dead wrong. Blue’s hair is exactly what thick, coarse natural hair looks like when it is in a out free state. It looks clean and that’s really the most important part of caring… Read more »

cacey
cacey
6 years ago
Reply to  B

i see it differently from you. and i agree with danana and the girl above. her hair most likely *is* combed but because she’s active, like toddlers should be, her hair is *not* going to stay in place unless her parents are constantly in her hair trying to keep it that way. even when i put locs in my son’s hair i had to constantly redo them several times a WEEK because he constantly rolled around on his head. i’ve only just gotten to where, now after months of them being in, they don’t unravel and even still the ones… Read more »

Kae
Kae
6 years ago
Reply to  B

..but that’s their child…so they kinda can do what they want..

Oy
Oy
6 years ago
Reply to  B

I have no idea what you are talking about because I don’t see her hair as neglected. It’s not overly styled and that should be fine because she’s a kid and really that should be fine for anyone. Would you have this same criticism on White celebrity kids when they just wear their hair down? First and foremost, Blue’s hair should not be a topic of discussion like it has been. She’s a young kid and her parents have decided that she should be afforded the freedom of wearing natural hair. Do you have natural hair? I ask because you… Read more »

naijababe
naijababe
6 years ago
Reply to  Oy

very well said.

Carlee
Carlee
6 years ago
Reply to  B

You are missing the point, and I think it’s sad. The problems with people making fun of Blue Ivy are as follows: 1) She’s a child for goodness sake! Have some decency. 2) Her hair is the subject of contention because it is free-flowing, natural, kinky, coily hair. 3) Blue Ivy has nothing to do with your disdain for Beyonce or Jay Z. Leave the baby alone. I’ll expand on point two because it is somewhat more subtle. The fact is that Blue’s hair IS maintained and HEALTHY. Anyone with kinky, coily hair knows what matted, dry, unmanaged hair looks… Read more »

Carlee
Carlee
6 years ago
Reply to  Carlee

One more point.… We should all be grateful that we even have hair on our heads to grow and display as a form of beauty. Many people cannot grow hair naturally. It pains me to see black women destroying their natural beauty so much that many have to continue wearing wigs and weaves because they have completely DESTROYED their hair. Black women mutilate their bodies so much even though what they have is already so beautiful. That makes me sad.

PMS
PMS
6 years ago
Reply to  Carlee

I wish I could “thumbs up” your post! We’ll stated!

PMS
PMS
6 years ago
Reply to  PMS

*Well *stupid autocorrect*!

Scarlet
Scarlet
6 years ago
Reply to  Carlee

I know right! It baffles me that a messy bun on straight hair is considered beautiful and a free form fro is not!

Millesime Imperial
Millesime Imperial
6 years ago
Reply to  B

Wow, yes.

t
t
6 years ago
Reply to  B

i dont know.. i dont think it’s neglected. you really shouldn’t pull on a childs’ hair to braid or put in ponytails. It’s fragile and easily breaks. it really should be left alone to flourish and grow. I’ve never really paid attention to her hair until it has been pointed out in recent months. It looks to me to be hand picked out into a fro and a bow put in it. i personnally like it. And I think Jay-Bey can do what they want, ridicule or not. They are adults, now..and its their child. Any of us can say… Read more »

Rayanna
Rayanna
6 years ago
Reply to  B

This has everything to do with natural hair. Her hair is very much cared for. What people like you really mean to say when you talk about how Blue’s “glamorous mother” won’t “do something” with Blue’s hair is… Beyonce is entirely too rich to allow her daughter to walk around looking so… soo… black! How else do you explain people’s need for a two year old not to wear her hair in its natural hair? How else do you explain people feeling the need to humiliate a toddler on the internet and television because her parents dare let her wear… Read more »

Rachel
Rachel
6 years ago
Reply to  Rayanna

Rayanna I want to up vote your comment so bad! But I can’t… le sigh.

checkingpeople
checkingpeople
6 years ago
Reply to  B

I wish I could thumbs you down you absolutely make no sense. How is it Bey fault for blue hair they don’t have to please people like you its their child so why you stressing???

CB
CB
6 years ago
Reply to  B

LOOL!

That is all I have to say to your post. “LOL” and not because I find your post funny.

lockstress
lockstress
6 years ago
Reply to  B

How do you know that the child’s well being is in jeopardy?
She looks GLAMOUROUS because she is on stage performing. WHat does her weave have anything to do with a baby? You assume a lot.

SuperGirl
SuperGirl
6 years ago
Reply to  B

This comment is in response to the User titled ‘B’. I remember a year ago when I first returned natural. I was in a bank and a woman walked up to me and asked “Girl, why’s your hair so dry?” My only response was “Touch it”. When she touched it all manner of leave-in conditioners, moisturizing milks and hair oil was left on her hand. “She was like “Eww, what’s all this?” I responded you just said my hair is dry then I proceeded to blast her for coming up to me in the manner that she did. EVERY HEAD… Read more »

Victoria Owl
Victoria Owl
6 years ago
Reply to  B

@ B: I am going to have to respectfully agree to disagree with you. And just in case you assume I am a Beyonce fan, that is not the case. Never owned any of her albums, not interested in her stuff. This isn’t a matter of who the child is or who her parents are. I couldn’t care less. It’s about principle. You stated, “The issue is that Blue’s hair, be it natural or not, is neglected by her glamourous mother. It’s about the lack of care” What is your definition of neglect and care? My sister appears to have… Read more »

Victoria Owl
Victoria Owl
6 years ago
Reply to  Victoria Owl

Oops I meant *Unkempt*

Shannon
Shannon
6 years ago
Reply to  B

I don’t agree that that child’s hair is neglected. I also disagree that Beyonce’s hair is all of that glamorous. Perhaps based on European standards of beauty, maybe. I think that people aren’t taking into account that she is a natural haired toddler. She plays, her hair is going to get messy. If you look at recent pictures her hair is growing. That wouldn’t happen if her hair was being neglected.

LaNeshe
6 years ago

While allowing negative comments about Blue’s hair isn’t right… advertising has nothing to do with the values of the network. Advertising is about money, whether it’s relaxers or natural hair products, BET doesn’t care about either other than the ad revenue coming in.

Carlee
Carlee
6 years ago

Is there no more voting on comments at BGLH?

waitwhat
waitwhat
6 years ago
Reply to  Carlee

the thumbs up/down comments on BGLH are no longer…I miss thumbs

Carlee
Carlee
6 years ago
Reply to  waitwhat

What the heck? Why? Black Girl Long Hair? I think nobody likes this new system. The voting helps you join the conversation in the comment section without making comments. There are great debates that go on in the pages, and sometimes I just want to agree without saying “hey! I agree 100X”. Anyone else agree with this statement? We want votes back?

Dananana
Dananana
6 years ago
Reply to  Carlee

Yes, I agree! I mean, if you’re trying to avoid cyberbullying by getting rid of downvotes, fine. But please give us the ability to upvote again!

MissCrystal
MissCrystal
6 years ago

Blue Ivy has beautiful natural hair. I have seen little girls with her hair type with no edges and a little ponytail. B is doing a great job keep it up. I don’t care for the BET network they have been wack lately.

mlank64
mlank64
6 years ago

I don’t see anything wrong with her hair…at all.

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
6 years ago

No I wouldn’t expect a insensitive joke directed to a little girl. I saw this thread on Black hair information and the lady dissing Blue’s hair. I was floored when I saw that and I was like,“That’s a baby. You guys are grown people poking fun at a baby.” It really raised my blood pressure up and I asked my Mom,“Would you poke fun at a child?” She said,“No.” This was immature. It got to the point where I wanted to defend Blue by wearing my fro’ at the VMA’s. only if I was a singer. This is a baby… Read more »

CB
CB
6 years ago

I have seen a lot of pictures of Blue’s hair in new and old twist outs. They are obviously taking care of her hair. She has kinky hair, its going to look like it is clumped together. That is how her hair is. Simple.

lockstress
lockstress
6 years ago

Barely
Entertaining
Television

African Empress
African Empress
6 years ago

To Princess Blue: Spiral-hair = “concentrated antennas.” The nappier the hair, the more ‘Spiral Power’ it has…or maybe the reverse is true! And the more concentrated, powerful, and advanced will be its abilities relating to the Spiral Principle. This is evident even physically, for nappy hair ­being a spring, will “snap” back to the head when pulled out and released. The more the spring is coiled, the more power it has and the less space it takes up (concentration). Right after nappy hair is vigorously brushed, the nappy hair which has accumulated in the brush holds far more electrical static… Read more »

denise
6 years ago

Que?

imnotasian
imnotasian
6 years ago
Reply to  denise

exactly, I read it twice and I still do not get it

naijababe
naijababe
6 years ago
Reply to  imnotasian

I literally cried laughing at your comment.

Andrea
Andrea
6 years ago

I read a teleprompter for a living. I know when someone is reading cold ie reading a script they haven’t seen. People read more slowly because they’re concentrating and do not ham it up like she did. Plus people with COMMON sense don’t agree to read something they haven’t read when it wasn’t like breaking news.

Primmest Plum
Primmest Plum
6 years ago
Reply to  Andrea

When I think of free and independent thinking persons, Karruechi doesn’t seem to embody those characteristics. She strikes me as very easily manipulated and coerced.

lexibugg
lexibugg
6 years ago

I was impressed and in awe of the fact bey left blues hair in its natural state.…my mother did the same to me.…I had a relaxer because a second cousin got a hold of my head…didn’t need it (non of us did) my.mother didn’t relax until her mid 20’s due to pressure for her sisters…blues fro looks better then a lot of you natural ladies and she is. Baby. …let her be. I tried to get my lil sis to do the same thing. .. and she asked me “why would I ley my baby walk around with an afro… Read more »

lexibugg
lexibugg
6 years ago
Reply to  lexibugg

Please be gracious enough to excuse my typos. ..it’s late…I worked a long hard day…Thank you

Ashley
Ashley
6 years ago

I do not watch BET anymore. I am a child of the 1980’s and the programming was good. We had Teen Summit with Ananda Lewis, Rap City with Big Tigga and Big Lez, Mad Sports and many more sitcoms geared towards African Americans. I will not be supporting that network. Blue Ivy is a kid and she can wear her hair the way it grows out of scalp, if her parents choose so.

lexibugg
lexibugg
6 years ago

Have you ladies noticed the expression on beyonce ’ face while she is looking at her daughter.…it nearly brings tears to my eyes.…she is in live with her baby…as she is…

Lilo
Lilo
6 years ago

What kills me about this post and others like it is that this is a natural hair blog which is supposed to be dedicated to uplifting, celebrating, and teaching black women to love their hair the way it grows. Looking at half of these comments you would think that none of y’all had relaxed hair bc truthfully Blue’s hair looks exactly like most people hair on this and many other sites dedicated to black hair. Everyone complaining has hair that probably LOOKS EXACTLY LIKE BLUE’s when they do a wash and go sans curl defining products, but y’all don’t want… Read more »

disturbed
disturbed
6 years ago
Reply to  Lilo

Some of the people on here are so ignorant and don’t understand about other natural hair types themselves. There is a wide range of textures,coils and shrinkage levels. Obviously haven’t learned much and probably trot around looking for curl define cream. It’s fine for people to want that but talking about a child and pressuring others to over manipulate there hair so it can be up to their ignorant standards is not ok.

Aliyah
Aliyah
6 years ago

I haven’t watched BET since 2013. Their music has gone down hill since 2007.

Aliyah
Aliyah
6 years ago

What do you expect from.a network that only promotes light skin long hair girls white gild Latin girls and mixed girls . What do expect from a network that just shows woman with long straight weaves or Wavy weaves ? Remember everyone and BET made a big deal just because Kendrick put one dark skin pretty girl in His video ! Elle Varner straightened her beautiful curly afro hair and bleached and cut it just to promote herself and fit in .

Napturally Kia
Napturally Kia
6 years ago

I love blues hair. Adults should be ashamed of themselves for making such nasty comments about her hair. There’s nothing wrong with her fro. The headband was perfect, too.

Revelry
Revelry
6 years ago

She’s a toddler. Toddlers are crazy thus running, rolling, and jumping around. Little girls, and boys with hair will almost ALWAYS be in their hair ( lord knows I can’t keep my hands out of mine lol). So even though styled hair that isn’t up will be out there. My mom always picked my hair into a fluffy afro because not only did she like the look but mainly it was better than trying to fight me into some barrettes. Her hair’s not matted, she’s not balding and missing edges, and it’a clear that her hair can be styled. You… Read more »

Nicole
Nicole
6 years ago

Can someone just let me know where Karrueche Tran’s broadcast journalism degree is?? Why are we teaching people that the only way to come up is to be the girlfriend (or ex, or side piece or whatever she is to Chris Brown) of someone famous? There are SO many hungry young black (not diluted either BLACK) girls who have worked and are working hard to try and get in on the broadcasting game. I don’t care about Blue Ivy, Beyonce, or Jay, I’m really annoyed that this girl did no work to get to where she is, now host of… Read more »

Michelle
Michelle
6 years ago

It baffles me that people are very upset about a baby wearing their clean hair in a NATURAL style. My daughter’s hair was mostly left alone as a baby and I have often received ridicule for not “doing her hair.” I guess keeping it clean and untangled was not enough *shrugs*. I’m glad I have made that decision, however, because while her classmates are struggling with thinning edges and broken hair, her hair almost reaches the small of her back eight years later. I’m glad I didn’t listen to others and just left her hair alone!

Mignon
Mignon
6 years ago
Reply to  Michelle

Amen!

Jas
Jas
6 years ago

Unfortunately someone will always find an excuse as to why Blue Ivy should be ridiculed. The same people who find it ok to disrespect a child are the same people who would have a fit if it was their child. It’s called having respect and knowing when to keep mean spirited comments to yourself. Have an opinion but not at the expense of a child. Because if you find it ok to say disrespectful things about someone else’s child don’t be surprised when the same lack of respect is shown towards you or even a loved one. All that talk… Read more »

nappylove
6 years ago

What is going on? When I was a teen in the 70’s almost everyone embraced the Afro. It was such a cool time. There were like maybe two or three products out there and word of mouth on how to take care of it. We would sit on each other’s porches and do each of our hair for the other. Of course some of the older crowd thought of it as a rebellious thing, but even some of them were wearing it. We just embraced our natural hair and kept it moving. Something else is going on here. It’s like… Read more »

Desiree
Desiree
6 years ago

School Daze (1988)was Spike Lee’s way of showing how divisive colorism (hatred/shame of Afrocentric; love of Eurocentric) is within a race still wearing the mental shackles of slavery. He remarked 25 yrs later how weaves had exploded even more since then. Ebony mag had the cast of ‘The Best Man’ on the cover, proclaiming ‘Black beauty’: except Nia Long, all the women had European booty weaves/ wigs. Ironic how some things never change — we still hate ourselves — even more!!!!! When you see toddlers & little girls getting their hair done — all that tugging, pulling, etc., they are… Read more »

imani
imani
6 years ago

Its wrong to ridicule anyone’s natural hair…but mommy is strutting around w/ 22″ of semi blonde silky weave…what example is she setting for Blue anywsy? So it’s ” Blue, your hair is beautiful..but no!no!don’t pull on mommy’s $10,000 lace front.its not real!”. Explain HOW Blue doesn’t touch & feel& desire what is in front of her& part of her mommy? You want Blue to embrace her natural beauty? How about mommy leads by example? Our children learn by our actions..if you think Blue isn’t going to want to swing her me LIKE MOMMY, you are all in denial.shes doing her… Read more »

bonita
bonita
6 years ago
Reply to  imani

So Now Beyonce is setting a bad example? did you ever notice how often bey wear braids when shes not performing , Her Hair Is Always BRAIDED & what if she does comb blues hair what if the way it looks is a result to being combed.. black people really hate looking black ! thats said I love my fro

xeon
6 years ago
Reply to  bonita

I agree with you bey wears her weave mostly on stage or if she’s at an event. If u see photos of her when she is vacationing or home you embraces her naturalness. That person is just a hater.

Yannick St-Gérard
Yannick St-Gérard
5 years ago

Not everyone knows how to treat natural even celebrities stylist have no clue, I have seen a lot of make over where the black girl with kinky hair ended up with straight hair. Natural hair is for me a big step about accepting what you are born with and stop hiding it with blond weaves and perms. Natural hair has good days and bad days like everyone else. I personally don’t like how they styled her hair, but to put so much energy on it like that I don’t agree.

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