DEAR CULTURAL APPROPRIATION BRIGADE
So it has been decided that locks cannot be worn by Asian men so reggae lover HaHa be warned. We know this because in Jackson Wangs Pepsi ad he’s seen with locks & poc k-pop fans were in attack mode on IG quickly typing that familiar excuse when ‘that’s cultural appropriation’ & if in my country I get dirty looks for wearing my natural hair than you sure as hell can’t show your love for it. Yes, it’s another nontroversy, but perhaps it’s time to stop this before it mutates into something more dangerous. So let’s get really pedantic: what ownership do African Americans actually have on locks? Answer is none, besides making it trendy for hippies, crusties & tramps locs have been around even before the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt. The first literary mention is said to be in the Hindu Vedic scriptures dating from around 1700BC. The God Shiva wore ‘matted’ dreadlocks. So it is perhaps the Asians who have the dubious honour of ‘inventing’ locks, and we could reasonably conclude that the Ancient Egyptians culturally appropriated locks from them. The ancient Greeks. In the Archaic period of 800-480BC, sculptures show men wearing dreads like the Spartan Hoplites & Ephors the Pre Columbian Aztec priests & Native Americans in also had them. In the Bible, James the Just 1st Bishop of Jerusalem was said to have his to his ankles I’m sure if he had IG back then we’d know for sure & Samson, perhaps the most famous of them all, had ‘seven locks’. Next came the Vikings, proving dreads weren’t always about peace and love, man. And Rastafarianism wasn’t even created until the 1930s in Ethiopia & they got their inspiration from The Nazarites of the bible. Locks have been worn for various reasons in each culture whether it be religious & spiritual or ethnic pride then for political reasons by the Rastafarians & Americans in the 70’s to modern times as a representation of a person’s free, alternative or natural spirit & don’t come with that mess that other cultures were invalid because they were dirty or didn’t have brushes, the comb has been around for about 5,000 years.