Not even children are exempt from distasteful criticism about their hair.
Making fun of Blue Ivy’s adorable VMAs appearance, Chris Brown’s off-and-on-again girlfriend Karrueche delivered a joke on BET’s 106 and Park targeting the toddler’s natural ‘fro. She said: “I woke up like this because my parents never comb my hair.” #Shade! She immediately apologized but the damage was done. On social media, Beyonce’s loyal and vocal fanbase, the #Beyhive, attacked Karrueche mercilessly leading to this apology:
“Past two days have been extremely draining. As I geared up for a big day for myself – hosting a live show, I never expected things to turn out this way. I apologize to any and everyone who felt offended in any way by the comments made by BET executed through me. I would never disrespect anyone’s child in any way and anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE Beyonce. My comments have been in complete shambles. Yes, I am human too and yes, I do make mistakes. But all this negativity and death wishes are quite a lot. Definitely a lesson learned from here forth. Again, on behalf of MYSELF, my sincerest apologies #BeyHive.”
BET followed up with an apology of their own, via BET President of Music Programming Stephen Hill:
“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.”
Sources close to BET claim the network suspended the producer who originally came up with the joke. And 106 & Park is now on hiatus for unrelated reasons. But skeptics feel the apologies are too little, too late and children (or natural hair) shouldn’t be fodder for crude jokes.
This isn’t the first time a celebrity kid has endured criticism for their natural hair. Tia Mowry’s followers slammed her son Cree’s long hair and top knots, claiming they weren’t fitting for a boy. Tia Mowry spoke up to defend her son and quiet critics. But should parents even have to face criticism for their children’s hair? Should kids be off limits, even if their parents are celebrities? Sound off!