Patrick Starrr is currently facing intense online backlash and accusations of cultural appropriation from Twitter's West African community thanks to a recent post.
Earlier this week, Starrr jumped onto the "gonna tell my kids" trend by posting a photo of himself in an bedazzled, deep blue outfit and captioning it, "I'm telling my kids this was Cinderella…"
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💫My confidence is designer... This glam was done so major by my drag grandma @muaroni Here’s what we used! Foundation @lancomeofficial teinte idole foundation and @maccosmetics full coverage Concealer @maccosmetics Studio Finish Concealer NW25 Brows @benefitcosmetics Brow Styler #4 Setting Powder @bennyemakeup Banana Light Eyeshadow @anastasiabeverlyhills Soft Glam Palette Lashes Random Lashes from Beauty Room Blush @maccosmetics Peaches Foundation Powder @maccosmetics NW25 studio fix under the eye and C6 for face Bronzer @maccosmetics dark deep mineralized skin finish Lips @maccosmetics Mahogany and #Macpatrickstarrr “MamaStarrr” lipstick and gloss Highlighter @jaclynhill @jaclynhillcosmetics Flash Palette and Loose Powder in Brilliant #patrickstarrr #benefitpartner
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However, it didn't take long for people to question the headpiece, especially as Starrr called it a "turban" in his caption.
Because while Starrr has long sported "turbans" with his looks, many believed his latest headpiece looked a little too similar to a West African gele — a head tie that, in Nigeria, is typically worn to weddings and other special events, per NPR.
Starrr has yet to respond to the backlash, though it appears that he did quietly remove the word "turban" from his Instagram caption.
See some of the reactions to Starrr's outfit, below.
this is a gele SKSKSK fam i better not see anyone call it a “extravagant headwrap” this whole outfit screams nigerian https://t.co/zpA36FUffG— paramore stan account (@itsjustfatimah) November 25, 2019
Wait which Nigerian wedding did you go to 👀— R A Y E 🦋 (@Vintage_Rachel) November 25, 2019
I'm telling my kids this is cultural appropriation.— Lexie Lou 🌊✨💙 (@xserendipitylex) November 25, 2019
I prefer the gele on my Nigerian aunties. Culture vulture 😷— Maggie 🇸🇳 (@gotttheblues) November 25, 2019