Courteney Cox Is Brutally Criticized For Wearing Her Hair In Cornrows On Vacation

By Howard Beale

Former Cougar Town star Courteney Cox posted a few vacation photos to Instagram on Sunday. Though some of her followers commented on her daughter Coco’s adorable smile, others pointed out a concern with Cox’s choice of hairstyle. In the photos, Cox’s hair is braided into a cornrows.

Her followers quickly noticed the hairstyle and pointed out that it could be seen as cultural appropriation.

“Why is your hair braided? You’re white,” one commenter wrote while someone else added: “Just because you’re on vacation in a country where vacationers get cornrows from locals trying to make some extra money doesn’t mean you get to rock OUR cornrows.”

“You’re not black, stop with these hairstyles,” another wrote. “It’s a mockery and it’s not cute.”

Cornrows hold a deep significance in black culture that extends beyond aesthetics. While cornrows have ancestral roots that can be traced back to North Africa, the style took on particular significance during the time of slavery in the US. Not only were cornrows considered functional, but they were also used as a secret messaging system. Some wore a certain amount of braids to communicate the number of roads they would need to cross in an attempt to escape.

The style has been seen on others who are non-black celebrities like every single white person who has gone on vacation in Jamaica ever, sparking other accusations of cultural appropriation, especially when the hairstyle’s roots are ignored.

Recent Virginia Tech graduate Julie Newmar is also embroiled in the scandal after recently posting a YouTube video on vacation getting cornrows in her hair. Newmar, a white female, said, “The lady said she’d do it for ten bucks and I told her okay. I totally thought it looked so cool.” Virginia Tech officials rescinded Newmar’s degree on Monday. The lady, a local street merchant, was unavailable for comment as she was one of dozens offering the service to unsuspecting white females.

“Sometimes editors see something that someone pseudo-popular does and they say it’s new, fresh, or edgy,” an editor for Conde Nast Publishing, who chose to remain anonymous, said. “But, when it was us doing it, it was ghetto. Now that it’s someone blonde and blue doing it, it’s fresh.”

“What does fresh mean?” asked Newmar.

UPDATE: An official in Jamaica has quickly apologized for any apologists who need apologies. For direct information from the Jamaica Travel Bureau please contact:

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