22 Times the Kardashians Were Slammed For Cultural Appropriation (PHOTOS)

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22 Times the Kardashians Were Slammed For Cultural Appropriation (PHOTOS)

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22 Times the Kardashians Were Slammed For Cultural Appropriation (PHOTOS)

The Kardashian-Jenner women seem to have a bit of an identity issue.

Though the reality stars are often touting their Armenian heritage — Khloe, Kourtney, and Kim, that is — they and younger half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner can’t stop stealing from other cultures.

Click through the gallery above to see all the times the reality TV siblings copied the hair, mannerisms, style, and more of other races. 

22 Times the Kardashians Were Slammed For Cultural Appropriation (PHOTOS)
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September 2017

September 2017

Both Jenner sisters came under fire for their "culturally insensitive" "Lee" leather clutch in their Kendall + Kylie collection. 

The bag, inspired by Chinese takeout boxes, retails for $150 and is stamped with "KK Express Los Angeles" and a tiger graphic. 

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September 2017

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Both Jenner sisters came under fire for their "culturally insensitive" "Lee" leather clutch in their Kendall + Kylie collection. 

The bag, inspired by Chinese takeout boxes, retails for $150 and is stamped with "KK Express Los Angeles" and a tiger graphic. 

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August 2017

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August 2017

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Kendall Jenner has been accused of cultural appropiation for using a tan-shaded emoji instead of a lighter tone when tweeting out the latest Hollywood Reporter cover. 

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June 2017

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June 2017

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In early summer 2017, Kendall and Kylie released a "vintage" tee shirt line, featuring their Instagram photos superimposed over images of rappers Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., among others — all with the hefty price tag of $125.

This sent the internet into a tizzy, with many criticizing them for associating themselves with — and profiting off of — the hip hop icons.

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January 2017

Island ting.

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January 2017

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“Ting” is Caribbean slang for the word “thing” and it’s sometimes used to mean “girl(friend)” too.

Drake’s constant use of “ting” in his latest music has led to everyone’s constant use of “ting.”

Kourtney doesn’t happen to be from the Islands — or Drizzy’s melting pot hometown of Toronto — but she still called herself an “Island ting” on Instagram during a trip to Costa Rica.

Kourt’s ‘Gram comments on the bikini photo have devolved into a battle over whether she used the Patois phrase appropriately.

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October 2016

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October 2016

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Khloe’s followers were not too pleased when she photoshopped colorful dreadlocks onto her head for a feature on her app about “trying on” looks from the spring 2017 runway shows.

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October 2016

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October 2016

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In the same week, the youngest Kardashian gal shared a Halloween pic with friends, including one man in a seriously questionable sheik costume.

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September 2016

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The dreads that got Khloe in trouble on her app in October were actually inspired by the hair younger sister Kendall strutted down the catwalk wearing at Marc Jacobs’s NYFW show.

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September 2016

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While her sister was on the runway sporting locks, Kylie was stirring up trouble in the audience at NYFW, after she accessorized her look with a do-rag.

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August 2016

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Kim got mixed reaction to this Snapchat last summer, showing the style icon trying out pierced cornrows.

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August 2016

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August 2016

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Around the same time as Kim’s pierced version, her newly-19-year-old sis Kylie sported red cornrows or “birthday braids” for her special day.

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August 2016

I like this one better

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August 2016

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After getting heat for a photo of her rocking Bantu knots with the caption, “Bantu babe,” Khloe deleted the pic before posting another, writing, “I like this one better.”

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February 2016

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Another fashion week fiasco! Twitter blew up on Kylie after the teen showed up to F/W 2016 fashion week with a Yaki hair ponytail.

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February 2016

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Around the same time as Kylie’s controversial ponytail, Mrs. West was often seen wearing cornrows, rebranding them “boxer braids.”

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July 2015

I woke up like disss

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July 2015

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One of the worst blowbacks the family has dealt with was due to Kylie posting the above cornrows pic, captioning, “I woke up like disss.” Among her many critics was Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg, who wrote, “When u appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans.”

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May 2015

Habibi Love

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May 2015

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Muslim culture got the Khloé treatment once again in spring 2015, when the reality star posted a sexy selfie of her in a Niqab during a trip to Dubai.

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April 2015

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April 2015

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Kylie again! This time, it was a photoshoot that had fans accusing her of wearing blackface, though she blamed it on “black light and neon lights.”

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February 2015

Dreads

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February 2015

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And more of Kylizzle in traditionally black hairstyles. Much like Khloe and Kendall did recently, the youngest family member tried out the dreads look more seriously way back in 2015.

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November 2014

November 2014

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Who can forget Kim’s famous cover of Paper that broke the internet. But what many didn’t know was the shot of her balancing a champagne glass on her booty is actually reminiscent of Hottentot Venus, a curvaceous black woman who was gawked at for money at freak shows.

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November 2014

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Even Kourtney Kardashian’s on-again, off-again beau Scott Disick has been an offender of appropriation. In this case, he referenced racist organization the Ku Klux Klan for a joke about the sisters’ supposed preference for dating black men.

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October 2014

Sheik Pussy

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October 2014

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This Halloween isn’t even the first time Khlo-Money has made the mistake of allowing her friend to dress as a sheik. In 2014, she let Scott and another friend dress in the Middle Eastern garb.

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June 2014

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June 2014

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Oh Khloe! Even at a kid’s birthday party she can’t help herself — more specifically, for niece North West’s 1st birthday in 2014, where she wore a Native American headdress.

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December 2009

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An oldie but a (not so) goodie. In a now infamous interview with Howard Stern, both Kim and Khloe gushed about dating black guys, with the latter quipping, “Once you go Black, you never go back.”

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The Kardashian-Jenner women seem to have a bit of an identity issue.

Though the reality stars are often touting their Armenian heritage — Khloe, Kourtney, and Kim, that is — they and younger half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner can’t stop stealing from other cultures.

Click through the gallery above to see all the times the reality TV siblings copied the hair, mannerisms, style, and more of other races.