Racist? Andy Cohen Calls Out Actress Amandla Stenberg's Appropriation Comments

News & Views | 07/14/2015 | 01:37 PM EDT

TV executive calls actress 'jackhole of the day'

Andy Cohen caused an uproar on social media when he made young actress Amandla Stenberg the “Jackhole of the Day” on his late-night show “Watch What Happens Live.”


Stenberg, who starred in The Hunger Games, accused Kylie Jenner of cultural appropriation for rocking cornrows, a popular hairstyle historically worn by Black women.


The 16-year-old commented on a picture from Jenner’s Instagram account: “when u 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.”


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Cohen decided to take the opportunity to address it on his live show, even handing over the debate to his guests actress Laverne Cox and Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley.


“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?” Cohen asked.


“To me, it’s fine,” Talley said on the matter, while Cox replied, “Umm ... Bo Derek,” referring to the actress who seemingly made the trend popular in Hollywood--something many people of color would take gripe with.


As one can imagine, Black Twitter immediately took to the timelines with the hashtag #BoycottBravo.


Users accused the Cohen and his network of exploiting Black women as “angry” and the like, particularly with popular shows like “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Married To Medicine.”


Stenberg has since taken to Twitter to respond to all the chatter about her comments and Cohen’s subsequent attack.


“End the ‘angry black girl’ narrative. It’s just another attempt to undermine certain perspectives. I have strong opinions. I am not angry,” she tweeted.


(Photos from Left: Larry Busacca/Getty Images, Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Women in Film)


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