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Andy Cohen thought he was doing Kylie Jenner a solid when he defended the reality star against culture appropriation accusations fired off by Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg. 

Kylie recently posted a pic of herself on Instagram rockin’ cornrows, and Stenberg posted a comment under the photo which said:

“when you appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.”

Kylie responded to her comment with, “@amandlastenberg Mad if I don’t, Mad if I do…. Go hang w Jaden or something.” (Jaden Smith took Amandla to prom this year.)

Cohen labeled Stenberg “Jackhole” of the day for what he assumed was an attempt to needlessly start a feud with Kylie.

“Today’s Jackhole goes to the Instagram feud between Kylie Jenner and Hunger Games star/Jaden Smith’s prom date Amandla Stenberg, who criticized Kylie for her cornrows, calling it cultural appropriation. White girls in cornrows … is it OK or nay, Laverne and Andre?” he said, asking his “Watch What Happens Live” guests Laverne Cox and Vogue’s André Leon Talley to weigh in.

“To me it’s fine,” Talley approved. “Bo Derek in 10,” added Cox, citing the beach babe of 1979.

Cohen’s blissful ignorance on the subjects of race, culture and Columbusing prompted #boycottBravo to start trending on Twitter, and since the network can’t afford to lose viewing members of the sacred Black Twitter collective, Andy issued an apology on Tuesday.

“I want to apologize to Amandla,” he tweeted. “I didn’t understand the larger context of this cultural discussion and TRULY meant no disrespect to her or anyone else.”

Cohen then retweeted a post from Cox detailing her take on the situation post-WWHL as well.

“When in answer to Andy Cohen’s question on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ on July 12, ‘White girls and cornrows, yay or nay?’ I said what I said in an attempt to not get involved in what I understood at the time to be an Instagram feud between someone with whom I was not familiar and Kylie Jenner on the topic of cultural appropriation,” Cox wrote today. “I have never been interested in getting involved in any celebrity feuds.”

The Orange Is the New Black star continued with, “In that moment, I also felt that the topic of cultural appropriation needs way more than the 10 seconds or less I had to respond at the end of the show to fully unpack. I said as much to Andre Leon Tally after the cameras stopped rolling.”

“Many are taking me to task for not defending Amandla Stenberg who I now know is a 16 year old black actress known for her work in the Hunger Games who has spoken out quite eloquently on the topic of cultural appropriation,” Cox also wrote. “In researching Amandla’s work and words, I was very impressed with a video I saw from her on cultural appropriation where she chronicled a recent history of cultural appropriation and black hair specifically…

Far too often culture is appropriated without an understanding of the history and hardships from which that culture emerges. How do we lovingly make people aware of that history and the potential affects of cultural appropriation that further marginalize and stigmatize those already the most adversely affected by systems that disadvantage certain experiences, bodies and identities over others? These are points Amandla makes beautifully in her video.”

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12 thoughts on “Bravo’s Andy Cohen Apologizes Over Amandla Stenberg Controversy

  1. Amazing, one idiot criticizing another and than some poor boob winds up apologizing for not doing anything wrong at all. Plus we have transgender spokeswoman Cox walking back a statement with which nothing was wrong, and instead issuing some pusillanimous claptrap of a restated comment.

    It seems Miss Stenberg, though only 16, is a bully and idiot who knows not of what she speaks, and apparently lives in some moronic world of anger, ignorance and self-absorptiion. Adopting another’s style is not cultural appropriation, but rather a compliment and evidence of the success of black norms. Just as when Americans begin using the words taken from foreign languages.

    Grow up Amandla, get an education before you speak and try being a compassionate person not a punk.

  2. The writer stated “since the network can’t afford to lose viewing members of the sacred Black Twitter collective”. You criticize Cohen by speaking of his “blissful ignorance”, but what about you? “sacred Black Twitter collective”. What does that mean? Now, when are you going to apologize! We’ll wait!

    • Miss UK on said:

      I think you need to re-read the article, its called ‘tongue in cheek’ or ‘sarcasm’.
      its a clever and well written commentary. Andy Cohen has no knowledge of contemporary issues for black people, he does not use any of these superficial platforms he has created to further any of our causes, then has the audacity to criticise a young politicised black woman, who should be applauded for not being vacuous and vain.
      well done Amandla, those Kardashians need challenging, they are a dreadful circus collective, filling our young women’s head with pure nonsense, these issues matter!

      • Well written, but I know tongue-in-cheek and that one phrase “sacred Black Twitter collective” was from the author’s point of view that Ms. Andy had nothing to do with. That was the only part of the article that I was commenting on. We all have our opinion, and I’m sticking to mine.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    Bravo must be run by lesbians, gays, and transsexuals, their line-up of shows seem to cast the majority of them. Most of them are catty, stupid and way over the top non-sense, especially when Atlanta’s own Ms. Lawrence and Derek J come on the scene. Totally disgusting.

  4. teah on said:

    The only people who are surprised that Laverne Cox sat on her butt and didn’t defend Amandla Stenberg don’t know her. Ms Cox has always been a hypocrite who only cares about herself and her so-called cause. She’s quick to call people homophobes but can’t seem to call out racists. And she only enjoys the company of white people, white men.

  5. Zerkeise on said:

    Kylie had it right….you blame them for the wrong and they cant get it right. But you aren’t doing anything either…Know when to pick a fight.

  6. specialt757 on said:

    “I wouldn’t attack the untalented sex tape empire for being food for rappers, media and athletes!!!” I thought the controversy was about imitating black culture, maybe I read it wrong.

  7. If I had a friend who does weird and unusual things as Jaden/Willow and parents hide under the excuse we’re letting them be free I wouldn’t attack the untalented sex tape empire for being food for rappers, media and athletes!!! No hands are unclean in this situation!!! hahahaha Andy my St. Louis (since you my homie) mom used to say “If you got a sucka LICK IT!” These people know how to play THEIR media…….

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