Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg slams Kylie Jenner for 'racist' hairstyle

Jul 12, 2015 at 6:57 p.m. ET
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Amandla Stenberg isn't shy about picking a fight.

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The Hunger Games star took Kylie Jenner to task on Instagram when Jenner posted a photo of her new hairstyle: cornrows.

"I woke up like disss," Jenner captioned the pic, and Stenberg, who has a history of speaking out about race issues, especially racial appropriation, was quick to respond in a pretty harsh way.

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"@novemberskyys 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," Stenberg commented on the photo, which has received more than 1 million likes on the photo sharing network.

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Jenner wasn't having any of it, though, and replied to the comment, "@amandlastenberg Mad if I don't, Mad if I do…. Go hang w Jaden or something," referencing Jaden Smith, who was Stenberg's prom date.

Neither star has addressed the fight any further, but fans have stepped in to join a racially charged debate in the photo's comments.

"When people act like racism doesn't exist is the same as walking past a person laying on the floor in agony. You see that person in pain you just chose to ignore it. Culture appropriations is a form of racism when done in a negative light," one user commented. Another added, "This is why I do not support the Kardashians."

Still others spoke in support of Jenner, many saying they didn't see what all the fuss was about.

"honestly I have never heard of or seen any black person be oppressed because of wearing a braid or anything closely related to that. But I don't know I guess everyone thinks differently so," another fan commented.

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What do you think of Kylie Jenner's new style? Do you agree that she should back away from appropriating a historically black style? Head down to the comments and share your thoughts.

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