Can We Stop Making Hairlines A Punchline? 50 Cent Apologizes After Joking About Naturi Naughton’s Forehead
On last week’s episode off “Power,” characters Tasha and Ghost got into a heated argument that lead Ghost to aggressively tap Tasha on the forehead.
The TV moment became a meme on social media when Naturi Naughton appeared in Washington D.C., rocking a high ponytail, for a special screening of “Power” in front of Congressional leaders alongside 50 Cent.
50 posted a meme, that insinuated Naughton’s confrontation with her on screen husband “Ghost” pushed her hairline back.
When Naturi saw the post, she was understandably hurt. She responded to the teasing on Insta stories saying,
“Ummm…mean much @50cent. Don’t I make you look good every Sunday night? But cool…” she wrote.
In a rare once in a lifetime event, 50 actually apologized for his troll behavior.
While things between Naturi and 50 may resolve after his apology, the entire internet needs to let go of making fun of edges and hairlines as a cheap punchline. So many Black men and women are one bad hair style away from temporary or permanent balding, so why do we make snatched edges the standard of beauty? Unfortunately, baby hair mania has made people forget that many of our moms, sisters and cousins have dealt with hair loss or are genetically born with a hair line that is further back. If we are going to continually have conversations about diversity, we need to open up the narrative to include and accept various stages of hair loss and growth as well.
For the record, Naturi looks beautiful in this updo and represented well for herself and her “Power” team in front of Congress. That should be headline news, not some cruel exchange between a talented actress and the executive producer of her show over her hairline.