Beyoncé has a new scandal on her hands, and this time it involves her child’s hair. There’s a ridiculous Change.org petition called "Comb Her Hair and while its creator, Jasmine Toliver, says that it started as a joke, it’s gotten more than 2,000 signatures already.
Like, seriously. This is a thing. Behold:
As a woman who understands the importance of hair care. It’s disturbing to watch a child suffering from the lack of hair moisture. The parents of Blue Ivy. Sean Carter A.K.A Jay-Z and Beyoncé has failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy Hair. This matter has escalated to the child developing matted dreads and lint balls. Please let’s get the word out to properly care for Blue Ivy hair.
Since the Internet has decided that it’s important to comment on the hair stylings of a toddler, let’s resurface Jamilah Lemieux’s piece at Ebony on this from back in January:
Either way, I think the most troubling issue with the recurrent "oohgirldiduseeblueivyhair" mess is that we refuse to see a little happy Black child as just that: a little, happy Black child. And in the court of public opinion, Black children are rarely afforded the protection due to children. (A rare exception: Mitt Romney’s little chocolate grandson, who was only defended in order to denounce Melissa Harris Perry.) We treat them like little adults. And while there isn’t some massive outcry about young Miss Carter’s hair, the fact that there is negative chatter about her hair every time she’s photographed is quite disheartening.
Black hair doesn’t need more policing.