The 'Greatest Showman' actor debuted his new dreadlocks on Instagram on Thursday with the caption 'Just for fun', which later provoked people online to call him out for appropriating black culture without respecting its origin or significance. The actor is mostly seen in his signature slicked-back do hairstyle, but his changed avatar faced the heat of netizens. Comments on Instagram ranged from 'it's his hair and his body' to one saying he started a 'race war.'
Twitter users also continued the discussion on cultural appropriation, an accusation that has also been leveled against Justin Bieber for his dreadlocks, Miley Cyrus for her twerking and Kylie Jenner for her cornrows. A user wrote, "putting my money where my mouth is and this is hard for me to say (trust me) But Zac Efron is canceled. I have to find a new boo now. "
putting my money where my mouth is and this is hard for me to say (trust me)— Kosoko Jackson (@KosokoJackson) July 6, 2018
But Zac Efron is canceled. I have to find a new boo now. Sigh.https://t.co/C4nyBBAdxY
Here’s what Twitterati is thinking about Zac Efron’s new hairstyle-
Looks dirty to me!😜— Wigdis Edvardsen (@wig_ed) July 6, 2018
Maybe i like.... 🤔 pic.twitter.com/eE1XpWZ5nA— 💕Michelle💖 (@michelle1902) July 6, 2018
WHY DOES ZAC EFRON HAVE DREADS “JUST FOR FUN” BABE DONT DO THIS TO YOURSELF— Raegan McKenzie♥ (@Raegarific) July 6, 2018
“ Just for fun” Zac Efron says..... pic.twitter.com/5t1zeu0tqH— Gus (@Gus_JordM) July 5, 2018
Sorry but no.— Odin (@Pattiso69670054) July 7, 2018
(With ANI inputs)