Sia was slammed for wearing box braids in North West Christmas Duet

Sia made a surprise appearance at the Kardashian Christmas Family Party, but people were distracted by her choice of hairstyle for the event.

The Australian singer performed a duet with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s eldest child, North, nine.

The couple stood in a giant box to sing Sia’s 2017 Christmas single “Snowman” and were filmed by Khloé Kardashian, who posted the footage to her Instagram Stories.

While West wore a chic silver suit, Sia opted for a puffy white skirt and oversized top.

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Sia speaks at the 2021 HFPA Women Breaking Barriers Sundance Panel during the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on January 30, 2021 in New York City. She was slammed for wearing box braids.
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She wore her blonde in long box braids topped with a headband of white flowers.

Critics were quick to rush to Twitter to bang Sia’s hair, calling out on her for cultural appropriation.

“Take the braids out of the snowflake,” commented one fan.

Another added: “Why did Sia have box braids at that Christmas party?”

And a third wrote: “sia hits a new low every day.”

Box braids “are an integral part of black culture—past, present, and future.” beings Magazine.

They originated as a functional hairstyle for enslaved black women because “in a system [in which they] were trying to stay alive, there wasn’t time to make complicated styles,” Lori L. Tharps, associate professor at Temple University and co-author of Hair Story: Unraveling the Roots of Black Hair in America told beings.

Cultural appropriation refers to the practice of adopting elements of another culture or identity, particularly when that group is marginalized and the person adopting the culture is not.

Sia, who also performed at a party hosted by Kourtney Kardashian in 2019, is no stranger to criticism from marginalized groups.

Her portrayal of autism in her film music drew much controversy, including a petition calling on the Golden Globes to withdraw both of their film’s nominations.

It was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Musical, with Sia’s longtime collaborator playing Maddie Ziegler Music, a nonverbal young woman on the autistic spectrum who is under the care of her recovering addicted half-sister Zu (Kate Hudson.)

But Ziegler himself isn’t autistic, and people said someone with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) should have played the role.

Sia also came under fire for stereotypical tropes about autistic people, including a scene where music is low key, an act many autism advocates oppose.

She later apologized for her choices, saying she was “listening to the wrong people” and that her “research was clearly not thorough enough, not comprehensive enough.” Sia then wrote that a warning would be added to the film’s introduction and that the restraint scenes would be removed.

But the singer also hit out at the criticism, writing on Twitter: “I cast thirteen neuroatypical people, three transgender people, and not as fucking prostitutes or drug addicts, but as doctors, nurses and singers. F****** too bad no one has seen the damn movie yet. My heart was always in the right place.”

Then, in response to an autistic actor who slammed her, Sia wrote, “Maybe you’re just a bad actor.”

The Twitter user wrote: “Several autistic actors, including myself, responded to these tweets. We all said we could have acted in the short term. These excuses are just that—excuses. In fact, no effort has been made to include anyone who is actually autistic.”

news week contacted Sia for comment. Sia was slammed for wearing box braids in North West Christmas Duet

Rick Schindler

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