Actor Zac Efron revealed his new look, a head full of dreadlocks, on Instagram Thursday. With the caption, “Just for fun,” the Baywatch star received many comments accusing him of cultural appropriation.

Dreadlocks have an extensive history in a variety of cultures including ancient Egyptian, Jamaican and African. The hairstyle became more popular in the United States in the 1970s with the rise of Bob Marley.

 

But Efron is not alone in adopting hairstyles that often upset fans. Kim Kardashian West has perpetually angered fans by donning traditionally black hairstyles including cornrows. Additionally, Justin Bieber sparked controversy when he wore dreads to the iHeartRadio Music Awards in 2016.
The Bundy star has yet to respond to the outrage.

Just for fun 🤘

A post shared by Zac Efron (@zacefron) on

Fans reacted to the photo on social media, with most people indicating the actor either doesn’t look good or shouldn’t feel the right to wear the hairstyle.

It’s not about how his dreads look it’s about cultural appropriation which doesn’t fly even if it was “just for fun”… whatever that means? Zac Efron has had a special place in my… heart for years but that doesn’t mean he gets a free pass. pic.twitter.com/AKNESDjgWp

— Tyde Dermody 🏳️‍🌈 (@TydeDermody) July 5, 2018

Zac Efron in dreads.

I have really seen it all.

What in the cultural appropriation is going on?

Troy, get your nonsense head in the bloody game . Pls and Pls. pic.twitter.com/BH07iWflez

— Childish Cindino 👼🏾🌞✨ (@cindyluta) July 5, 2018

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