A woman named Jasmine Toliver has started a petition directed at Beyoncé and Jay Z’s small child, ordering them to comb their toddler’s hair.
In a world where children are hungry and abused every day, it’s important that we as functioning members of society speak up to help those in need. Organizations like Change.org have been created for that reason. However, it seems that a woman named Jasmine Toliver is a bit unclear on this concept.
Toliver recently started a petition on Change.org titled “Petitioning Blue ivy: Comb her hair.” The description for the petition reads: “As a woman who understands the importance of hair care. It’s disturbing to watch a child suffering from the lack of hair moisture. The parents of Blue Ivy. Sean Carter A.K.A Jay-Z and Beyonce has failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy Hair. This matter has escalated to the child developing matted dreads and lint balls. Please let’s get the word out to properly care for Blue Ivy hair.”
While Toliver may find Blue Ivy’s lack of hair moisture disturbing, I’m disturbed that there are currently 3,053 signatures on this petition.
Change.org’s mission statement reads: “Change.org is the world’s largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create the change they want to see.” I have a feeling this wasn’t the kind of change they had envisioned when they created their business model.
It makes my stomach turn to think that someone would so grossly misuse a website that was constructed to help battle real problems in our world today. If Toliver has some extra time on her hands to construct a petition, why not pick a worthy cause? Real child abuse, misuse of our current justice system, cruelty to animals, human trafficking, the degradation of our oceans and environment… there are so many other ways that productive people have used Change.org to help make a difference. It’s truly sad that Toliver chose to create this petition to put down a child and perpetuate negative parts of our society that already exist, most likely to simply garner some kind of attention for herself.
If Toliver is actually in fact concerned for the well-being of Blue Ivy Carter, then that’s another matter. However, judging by the language used to describe the child, it’s doubtful that is the case.
While no one knows for sure what goes on behind closed doors at the Carter household, most parents would agree that Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter appears to be extremely well cared for. Most parents would also agree that it is no one else’s business how they clothe or style their own child, so long as the child is dressed appropriately, fed, loved and protected.
In all fairness, Toliver is not the first person to start an inappropriate petition on Change.org. But if a baby’s hairstyle grinds your gears so badly that you are moved to go public with your feelings, there are many, many different outlets. If you are so filled with a fiery desire, write it in your diary. Take a selfie and post a caption on Instagram about it. Or better yet, direct your passion toward something you can change to better your own life. Find another passion. Just don’t use it to ruin something that is meant to do good, not harm. Ditto to the 3,000-plus people who signed the petition.