Kids Are Off Limits: Blue Ivy Is Not Her Hair
When India.Arie made the song “I am not my hair,” she had no idea that she would later have to use it in defense of a 2-year old. Once again, Blue Ivy’s hair is stirring up controversy, and this time, it’s going to take more than an open letter from India.Arie to set it straight.
The latest Blue Ivy criticism comes from an unlikely declarant though. While no one will probably own up to actually writing the joke, BET President of Music Programming and Specials Stephen Hill has quickly come forward to apologize on behalf of the network. That’s right, even BET (or someone who used to work there, I should say) had something to say about Blue Ivy’s natural hair look.
During a live airing of BET’s popular music countdown show 106 & Park, guest host Karrueche Tran nervously giggled when she delivered a tasteless joke about the hair that Blue Ivy wears.
In a segment that joked about the “Top Six Things That Blue Ivy Thought At The VMAs,” Karrueche looked into the teleprompter and delivered the words that would send the social media hounds to her twitter doorstep. She joked, “I really did wake up like this, because my parents never comb my hair.” Karrueche laughed and then said “sorry, Blue.” Cue Beygency dispatch.
After Karrueche was roasted at the hands of social media, she took to Twitter to relieve herself of being held accountable. “I didn’t write this script y’all lol,” she said, before adding that she was definitely team “BeyHive.”
A source told TMZ that Karrueche had not seen the version of the script with the Blue Ivy joke, and that producers had added it at the last minute. Sounds shady and scandalous on both parts! Blue Ivy, don’t trust anyone!
BET quickly addressed the matter. BET President Stephen Hill released his statement on Twitter, apologizing on behalf of the network. “Last night on 106 & Park there was a stupid, unthoughtful joke made about a young child. We apologize publicly to the child’s parents (and have done so privately) and we have taken punitive actions with those responsible. It was very bad judgment and we will serve you much better in the future. Oh, and please don’t hate on Karrueche; it was NOT her fault. We also apologize to her for putting her in that position.”
For context, this is not the first time that Karrueche has drawn criticism with her hosting gigs at BET. Karrueche hosted the 2014 BET Awards red carpet and struggled through the interviews. That being said, she probably wasn’t the best person to host a live show, especially when there’s apparently not enough time in the day to juggle Chris Brown and a script read-through.
As most mothers would probably agree, coming for someone’s child is pathetic. I lose all sense of civilized behavior when I think someone could be saying something about my kid. Even though the chances of Jay or Bey actually responding are slim, Beyonce would have every right to throw a Kanye fit if she wanted to. And if BET wants that next video premiere, they should steer clear of writers who don’t value their relationships enough to know what Jay and Bey may not find funny.
This isn’t the first time that sweet little baby Blue has been in the center of media attention. I mean, what did you expect, her parents are Jay-Z and Beyonce! A few months ago, a woman started a petition on change.org, demanding that her parents brush her hair. All hell broke loose as people rushed to defend Jay and Bey’s decision to let Blue wear her hair naturally.
Despite Blue’s high profile and her mom’s tendency to look like a million dollars every time she steps out of the house, the criticism of Blue Ivy’s hair can’t be any more insensitive. Who goes after a 2-year old? It should be a rule that kids are off limits, no matter who they are or what their hair looks like.