Former Gossip Girl star Jessica Szohr rubbed folks the wrong way with one of her latest Instagram posts. The controversial photo, posted earlier this week, shows her and a friend posing beside a traffic light box with the message “Black girls free yourselves from the white standard of beauty and stop wearing weaves!”
The Actress, who is of both African American and Caucasian descent, captioned the photo with “#weavefree #exceptwhenimweaving and shared the post on Twitter adding “#weavefree all day.”
Though it’s clear the message wasn’t written by Jessica and instead perhaps some crabby misguided soul, she caught major heat in the comments.
“Not all black women wear weaves. Delete this ridiculous post and educate yourself,” wrote one IG user.
“I find this post judgmental? Your mom is white, therefore your hair is less coarse than mine/easier to manage. So it’s easier for you to dismiss weave than a black woman with coarser hair would,” another comment read.
It’s true that black women aren’t the only ones who wear weaves from time to time. All women do but usually those women are said to be wearing extensions or enhancements. They’re “adding volume and length” but steer clear of the term “weave.” Knee jerk attempts to post funny or lighthearted social media posts often backfire.
Do we think there was any malice behind Jessica’s post? Most likely not.
Photo Credit: Instagram