Stop Making Black Women Out To Be Followers: Dawn Richard Checks BET For Comparing Her To Ariana Grande

February 28, 2019  |  

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BET’s social media team is hot water again just weeks after one of their team members was fired for insulting Nicki Minaj while congratulating Cardi B.

This time, the network, via their social media account, compared two more women: singers Dawn Richard and Ariana Grande. In a since-deleted tweet, BET wrote:

“Not only is Ariana Grande the most followed person on Instagram now, but her latest ponytail is popping up on the heads of celebs like Dawn Richard! How do you feel about the look.”

I can see that there was no ill intent behind the tweet. They wanted to kill two birds with one stone by sharing Ariana’s milestone along with Richard’s hair style. The problem is Ariana is hardly the first woman to wear this bubble ponytail. The style has been worn by several Black women in the public eye, including Chanel Iman, Yara Shahidi, Condola Rashad and many, many, many more. The style has been around for some time now. So long, that there are more than a few YouTube tutorials detailing how to duplicate the style.

And Richard was happy to let BET know this and inform them that she did not appreciated the comparison.

While I think she may have taken things a little too far insinuating that they were pitting two women against one another, the idea that Black women are stealing hair styles from White women is just not true. In fact, it’s the exact opposite.

And as a Black owned network, BET should have been more aware of and sensitive to that fact. They may have fired the author of the Cardi/Nicki tweet, but it’s clear there’s an organizational issue that the company needs to address.

What do you think of BET’s tweet and Richard’s reaction?

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