9 Times The Kardashians Have Been Accused Of "Cultural Appropriation"

Kylie Jenner caused controversy with her new cornrows over the weekend, but that's not the only time the family has been criticised for cultural insensitivity.

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1. Sunday afternoon, Kylie Jenner shared this photo on Instagram, in which she can be seen with her hair braided into cornrows.

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Cornrows are a popular protective styling technique used among black women, and the image appeared online just as the ironic hashtag, #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter was trending on Twitter.

When someone commented on Kylie's photo using the hashtag #WhiteGirlsDoItBetter, it wasn't long before The Hunger Games actor Amandla Stenberg responded and called Kylie out for cultural appropriation.

However, it's not the first time a Kardashian/Jenner has been called out for cultural appropriation.

2. Just six weeks ago Khloé Kardashian caused controversy by posting this photo, showing her wearing a Niqab during a trip to Dubai.

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Women belonging to the Muslim faith wear these niqabs, but it is not required of all females.

And when the image was posted to Twitter, criticism was voiced there, too.

Are you really that much of a clueless fool?Yo appropriative ass is disgusting. RT“@khloekardashian: Habibi Love https://t.co/9J5Cu1Ox56”

@platinumhalsey no, you don't have to wear it in the UAE. The only country that requires wearing abbaya and headscarf is Saudi Arabia

@platinumhalsey and like the general idea of it is just extremely rude- to me, as a muslim. My mum gets told the most insensitive racial-

@platinumhalsey slurs just for wearing a headscarf and then Khloe comes out of nowhere and she gets thousands upon thousands of likes

3. It wasn't the first time Khloé had been criticised. Last summer, Kylie Jenner shared this image showing Khloe wearing a traditional Native-American headdress.

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An essay on the Native Appropriations website outlines why this is deemed offensive. Part of the essay reads: "The image of a warbonnet and warpaint wearing Indian is one that has been created and perpetuated by Hollywood and...furthers the stereotype that Native peoples are one monolithic culture, when in fact there are 500+ distinct tribes with their own cultures. It also places Native people in the historic past, as something that cannot exist in modern society."

And when Khloé herself posted another image in the same headdress, the comments kept coming.

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Khloé didn't respond directly to the comments, but she did thank one follower who suggested she learn more about the culture.

@lmvotino thanku 4being 1of the ONLY people who care enough 2educate rather than threaten/attack. Ur culter is beautiful &I would love2learn

5. Then there was this meme, shared by both Scott Disick and Khloé Kardashian on Instagram.

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The image showed the Kardashian sisters, Khloé, Kim and Kourtney, as well as a reference to the KKK – a racist group that has existed since the 1860s. Khloé shared the image alongside the caption: "True," while Scott said: "And a Jew," in reference to his faith.

Both Khloé and Scott were criticised on Twitter and Instagram.

Dear @khloekardashian: Having a few black friends DOES NOT make it okay for YOU to joke about the severity of the KKK. It's ignorant&racist.

@khloekardashian nothings funny about killing Black people. This post is distasteful and racist.

khloe's brother in law is black, her ex is black, her niece is partially black, her current bf is middle eastern yet she jokes about kkk?

Khloé removed the image from her Instagram account, but it is still active on Scott's.

6. Kylie Jenner also caused a stir in April 2015 when she shared this image from a photo shoot.

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A second image was posted by her hair stylist Chris Dylan, and the star quickly began trending on Twitter, where people were accusing her of wearing blackface.

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People act like we're mad at Kylie Jenner for her looks which isn't even the problem, the problem is her cultural appropriation & blackface.

how is kylie jenner dumb enough to do blackface, post it on IG, with the caption "what i wish i looked like all the time" i need sit down

regardless of whether you see the kylie Jenner picture as blackface or cultural appropriation or not, it can be perceived as that

However, some commenters defended Kylie, saying her darkened skin didn't amount to blackface.

people need to relax. Kylie Jenner was definitely not trying to look black in her photo shoot lmao she looks other-worldly.. chill out

Kylie look like an alien in those pics and y'all are calling it blackface. Smh y'all just want shit to be mad about

Kylie Jenner wanna be Gold Dust soooo bad.. okay, I'm done. Leave that damn girl alone. She's channeling alien, not Black.

Kylie did not respond to the comments, but did remove one of the images from her Instagram account.

7. For Halloween in 2014, Khloé posted this image of her with Scott Disick and his friend Chris Reda dressed in traditional Arabian clothing, alongside the caption: "Sheik Pussy".

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The image caused such a storm on Instagram, that it was addressed during an episode of the latest season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

In the episode, Khloé was seen debating the caption of the photo before posting it to Instagram, with Scott saying: "There's going to be some disturbing comments on that picture."

Within minutes of the picture being posted, angry comments came flooding in.

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Khloé read the comments aloud, and they ranged from: “This is inappropriate, wow this is so fucked up,” to “Wow, that’s offensive. Can’t expect anything less from a Kardashian,” and “What an asshole you are.”

Khloé asked repeatedly why the image had prompted such a negative response, saying: "I just wrote 'Sheik Pussy.' Wait, what’s wrong with it? I don’t understand. Nothing is nice so far, what is happening?!”

After the incident, Khloé asked two Muslim employees from the Kardashians' clothing store whether they'd found the post offensive.

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One employee was offended by the fact that Khloé's face was covered by a veil, and the other was offended by the words used in the caption.

After speaking to the employees, Khloé then publicly apologised for causing offense.

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She said: "I’m really upset that I’ve offended anybody. I’m even more bothered that the commenters think I’m poking fun at their culture. I didn’t realise how offensive it was. I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong. I really just have to be more aware of what I write, even if I think it’s tongue in cheek and I have to be more sensitive to that. I’m sorry to anybody I offended. That was the last thing I ever wanted to do.”

The image is still active on Khloé's Instagram account.

8. Scott Disick also posted an image of himself in the Arabian clothing, alongside the caption: "We getting Arab money tonight."

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When the photographer's back catalogue of work was examined, people were quick to point out the comparisons between the cover shoot with Kim and this image he took in 1982, for his book Jungle Fever.

Jean-Paul Goude genskaber sin 'Champagne Incident' med hende der Kim -

One think piece on the subject reads:

"This photo is from a book called Jungle Fever. Yes, you read that correctly. Kim is essentially re-enacting a photo that actively and decisively acknowledges the white pastime of fetishizing the black female body. It's overt...the sexuality [Kim's} claimed in the photos has nothing to do with her own autonomy and everything to do with a deeply institutionalized, culturally white fetishization of the "freakish" black body. And yes, I am aware that Kim is not black (and, in fact, never considered race at all until giving birth to a black baby) but our fascination and so-called "celebration" of big asses definitely is tied to our cultural view of black women's bodies."

The piece concludes by saying that the photo shoot was "reductive":

When you put it all together this way, the evidence is incriminating Jean-Paul Goude is a photographer who doesn't respect the humanity and autonomy of black women. Blackness is his fantasy, and he treats it as such in his body of work. The reincarnation of Kim as his original Jungle Fever subject isn't envelope pushing, it's reductive.

Kim has never commented on the racial connotations of the photo shoot.