Hair: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses the importance of Black hair, the ways it can be a target of discrimination, and some ideas to address that.

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  1. liquid metal

    liquid metal

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    Even if it "doesn't exist", why not just put it on the books anyways so that it protects people incase it ever does happen. How can that possibly cause a problem to have something like that on the books.

  2. Lance McCaughan

    Lance McCaughan

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    very few of these hairstyles are linked to the person culture, unless the person can show a genetic link to that 1 or 2 african tribes that use that style. also claiming dreadlocks are not culturally belonging to whites is bullshit because celts have had dreadlocks long before they even saw countries of black or Jamaican people, same with long hair. The "my hair is my culture" argument is fine so long as it goes both ways. do not tell white people they can not have an opinion or have long hair or dreadlocks on this bullshit culture claim because these are long standing legitimate hair styles of white cultures going back thousands of years.

  3. Lance McCaughan

    Lance McCaughan

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    dyeing hair and dreadlocks are not "natural" styles. But in the end why should anyone care. should make no difference. so long as it is not a safety issue or health or food safety issue in certain jobs. If you have ever worked around white women that fill their hair with strong smelling hair products and make their hair stink. I have had long hair 98% of my life and got used to employers try to make an issue of it including one wanting me to cut it AFTER hiring me, good luck making an issue of my long hair, i am always up for an argument/fight on the issue.

  4. Jackson Clarke

    Jackson Clarke

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    Holy fuck Leslie Jones had me laughing so hard 😂

  5. Global Warmhugs

    Global Warmhugs

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    I was teased for my curls as a kid. I am a Caucasian cis female. I truly believed that I was inferior to kids with silky, straight hair. I have to work to make my hair look nice, I can't shampoo it more than once per month. White, blue eyed, straight blonde hair superiority is a pain in the ass. I say this recognizing that it has not affected me in the same ways as it has the black community, but just to say that we ALL need to embrace the greater similar experiences in order to understand one another.

  6. Mollusck Scramp

    Mollusck Scramp

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    I remember in grade school, a boy I liked telling me he thought that I and "girls like me" smelled like burning hair, and being heartbroken later seeing his romance bloom with a straight haired caucasian hair, feeling somehow inferior and ugly.

  7. rotu nabi

    rotu nabi

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    fun fact, in china there's a new trend in some salons to purposely make the hair fuzzy like black people coz it's considered stylish

  8. mikey randall

    mikey randall

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    9:40 I think that teacher should be more concerned with her lack of literacy. Her grammar, punctuation, and spelling are absolutely atrocious. It would have been awesome if Amia's mother had returned the letter marked with corrections, in red ink.

  9. Liveliedub


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    "Maybe look inside yourself and figure out why that is your response to things." That sums it up.

  10. Roman Bespartochnyy

    Roman Bespartochnyy

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    As a European (Straight up, born in Ukraine) white man, this is so bizarre. It's like he just said that people hate other people for liking peanut butter. Who TF cares enough to hate/discriminate against someone because of their hair?? They must have a special kind of stupid condition, and liberal amounts of free time to think of stuff to hate people for. (yes I'm conservative, and "liberal" was used intentionally, bring on the hate, folks)

  11. sKinc m

    sKinc m

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    Hi Mr Oliver, big fan of Last week tonight I love your work. the subject talk about are very important and will happy shape the future. I thank for what you are doing. over here on the other side of the world we have a freedom of speech brewing I was hoping you would through a little bit of light on it. this is a video to start, But is shore "Friendly Jordies" satirical youtuber/ journalese/ comedian, who has been confronting some of the corruption in Australia. Unsurprisingly he is now being sued by the politician he's been going after. what is surprising is the politicians gone to the effort to send anti terrorist police squad to arrest his producer on stalking charges. Thank you for time and I hope you watch all the videos. this is a play list of the whole sage.

  12. TazTom


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    The features of hair that favour culturally connected styling are immutable. The culture someone is a part of is also an immutable characteristic.

  13. Jamal Hartley

    Jamal Hartley

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    It's honestly annoying and stupid. You can't be proud of your hair and have a job sometimes. I've always had to got to interviews packing my hair into the tightest afro, because I wear my hair naturally with twists. Some times i just straight up ask, "is my hair going to be a problem?" Sometimes I get the most bemused white faces looking back at me. Saying "No, why would it be?" And "Do people really care about that?" The fact I have to apply to jobs using my middle name which sounds more white kinda speaks to the issue.

  14. Marlene Williams

    Marlene Williams

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  15. AndrAIa Matrixxx

    AndrAIa Matrixxx

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    Thank you🏴‍☠️

  16. Ari K.

    Ari K.

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    I remember growing up, black purple would always harass and bully me over my accent.

  17. Анна Тофа

    Анна Тофа

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    That is so weird, shouldn`t be like this. Imao the state of your hair should be depending on your mood and desire how you want to look like today - curly, straight, anything doesn`t matter really. the only one thing that matter - YOU have to like it, be comfortable with it, otherwise you`ll just feel miserable and doubting yourself and that`s not great at all.

  18. ___


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    19:40 FACTS

  19. ___


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    I like that these talk shows are addressing deep systemic issues, it means older audiences are going to learn this too.

  20. Amber Rodriguez

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  21. jimmycargo1


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    I get it is wrong to discriminate against black people for their hair in any way shape or form. It should never happen and is wrong. But is it really appropriation for a white person to have dreads? I didn't realize we were assholes and those hairstyles were off limits. Guess I gotta tell my redhead afro-having friend he's stealing from black people. Eventhough it's just how his hair grows.

  22. Saad Farhan

    Saad Farhan

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    "Fucking off is always an option". Such a great advise for a lot of situations.

  23. John Eastman

    John Eastman

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    This piece from John Oliver helps demonstrate his open mind & fearless pursuit of justice.

  24. marvin makwarimba

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  25. Ohlala Levi

    Ohlala Levi

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    Jews can't be forced to remove Yamikahs, but this shit exists 😖

  26. Ghost_Anna _Reads

    Ghost_Anna _Reads

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    All I know about black hair products, is that I can’t use them even when my Scottish-Irish hair gives me a full Afro when the humidity increases. I can’t use white hair products or black hair products. I am screwed no matter what and I have learned to live with it.

  27. TheJackieBones


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    Put black people in charge of everything NOW!! They're all PURE LOVE



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    22:32 JUDY!!!!



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    Never understood the obsession. Even at school "Extreme hairstyles" were banned. Your head your rights.

  30. peqio seroa

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  31. Richard Britten

    Richard Britten

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    I'd love to know why the 15k people down voted the video...maybe I don't

  32. Neltins


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    this is why america forced all black women to straighten their hair, to appeal to white people & get jobs

  33. forndo alange

    forndo alange

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    I can't believe I am only seeing this now. I love you John Oliver . This was accurately delivered.

  34. owen glenn

    owen glenn

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    If hair styles are one of the biggest forms of racism, then the US is a fucking brilliant country.

  35. owen glenn

    owen glenn

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    I wonder when left wing commentators and comedians will run out of things to find racist.

  36. Debra Barratt Thompson

    Debra Barratt Thompson

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    Simply Brilliant John. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I am a white woman who was initially raised in Harlem, NYC in the 1960s. My very first memorable nightmare at the age of 5 was of my best friend Jerome being abused by people who constantly wanted to touch his hair when he came to my neighbourhood. I was the only white girl in my class - BTW. Love you for what you are doing. Keep on keeping on.

  37. nonchablunt


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    I support private businesses right to discriminate against hair & clothing & tattoos (among other things).

  38. William Vaux

    William Vaux

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    Imagine judging people for literally having hair. Another form of racism.

  39. Alberto De Cristoforo

    Alberto De Cristoforo

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    I almost committed suicide when I found out I had herpes virus, I was going through a health blog when I saw how a woman testified of how Dr IGUDIA on NOnet cured her and I decided to contact him, to my greatest shock he actually cured me and now I test negative

  40. Bentheriault1


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    wait, doent raggedy ann basicly have dreds???

  41. MarkJGG


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    Why did you make me watch that news clip at the beginning, so much second hand mortification, im uncomfy.

  42. Science Anni Style

    Science Anni Style

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    Housewives meet John Oliver??? I’ve never been happier

  43. Ed Kelly

    Ed Kelly

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    "Goddamn white people" ..I can emphasise with that statement ...and I'm a white person.

  44. Koviko


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    Why the fuck did I just start crying @ 5:35 An episode has never hit so close to home 😭

  45. ZDU


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    So are these hairstyles natural or do the take hours to achieve? Or are they different hairstyles?

  46. ChettaBombBay


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    I’m surprised this video was on point. The last part was my favorite. Google It bitches.

  47. Danielle Stan

    Danielle Stan

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  48. N D

    N D

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    I'm completely convinced that John Oliver is an Android.

  49. chez066


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    Dread locks aren’t just a “black hairstyle”. Dreadlocks are thousands of years old and have been worn by various cultures from Egyptians to Greeks to Vikings and many more. Some of it today is done for religious reasons like practiced by some Hindus and Buddhists. That being said, nobody should be discriminated against for their hair and asked to change it unless it’s a safety issue.

    • jimmycargo1


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      Thank you! Anyone being discriminated against for there hair is wrong. No question about that. But is it really appropriation for a white guy to have dreads? Or a fro? Is it racist for a black lady to want to straighten her hair or dye it blonde? I'm so confused john.

  50. Anna Dibba

    Anna Dibba

    3 dager siden

    this docoumentary and the terrifying it must be to be black in america. imagine being told not to be the true you?

  51. Anna Dibba

    Anna Dibba

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    u think charles smith was bad, try reading king solomons mines. to think that used to be my favorite movie as a child..smh. the write took every opportunity to degrade africans (including their hair) and show them as inferior and exploited every opportunity to show white people as superior..i felt ashamed for him and his dumbness reading the book

  52. austrianpenguin


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    Not all white people, because I had a student whose dad was African and she talked to the class about the issue and then I got interested and got stuck on parents doing their kids hair, I watched the Netflix movie about Madame C.J. Walker and did some further research... so muhahaha John Oliver, jokes on you!

  53. Asheli Kiefer

    Asheli Kiefer

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    Yes white people. Stop asking to touch my hair!! I am not an exhibit

  54. Miss R

    Miss R

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    As a black girl, people ask some dumb ass questions about my hair. Like, mind your own God damn business! Unfortunately, this has never happened. 30 years and counting

  55. KC Wilder

    KC Wilder

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    Luv'd it..."If your answer is, not all white people... you need to search your soul to learn why's that's your answer." 😅😂🤣😭. Further more why are you worried about Black people's hair 🤔

  56. S R

    S R

    3 dager siden

    I am non-white, but not of African descent, and yet I can very much relate to this story. I have curly hair, and for much of my life curly hair has been synonymous with being "unkempt" and unattractive. I very much feel pressure to have straightened hair, especially in professional environments.

  57. Zee


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    Thank you for this John ❤️

  58. ikazukison2


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    whoa whoa whoa, I'm not a white person but I let my dog kiss me in the mouth, it's like a probiotic that's free

  59. Shemeka Mosby

    Shemeka Mosby

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  60. Official ellimac

    Official ellimac

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    Yes I love Dorothy Tucker from Chicago! thanks for including her reel, she’s a phenomenal journalist!

  61. Malaika Naomi

    Malaika Naomi

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    I’m half Rwandan (East Africa) and half Swiss living in Switzerland and my half Korean half Swiss German teacher suggested I listen to a white dude talk about Black hair and I’m very pleasantly surprised lol.

  62. Francine Leahy

    Francine Leahy

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    Why do you hate autistic people John?

  63. White Blaze

    White Blaze

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    Okay; I totally can't be the only one viewing this video who's feeling creeped out by the guy talking about how he "normally doesn't take photos of young children" right? Cause something about that man and THAT STATEMENT screams "someone needs to call CPS ASAP" - and to keep your children away from the weirdo'

  64. szepi79


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    I'm too European to understand this video. we have all hair styles here, mainly on white people, because, you know, that is what we have here primary.

  65. Fatimah Ibrahim

    Fatimah Ibrahim

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    Oh my god. I'm 25 but I remember visiting a salon while on holiday in Sudan and having my hair hot combed... Weird flashbacks 😂

  66. Thomas De Quincey

    Thomas De Quincey

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    Wow! John Oliver has finally ran out of things to talk about. Black peoples hair, yeah, dead important.

    • Zee


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      It's important to us so, yeah! Thanks John!

  67. Dr Ilknur Tulunay

    Dr Ilknur Tulunay

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    Thank you for spreading the awareness. Another "hair" discrimination towards to females above 50s with their natural hairs (i..e. without hair coloring). Unlikely to be employed! Society behave as they are senior and so assumed not being mobile and active etc!

  68. Elocvent G.

    Elocvent G.

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    note to this, please consider the "white people" the ones from USA, im from Europe and fortunately i learned human decency and i wouldnt do any of that, neither would any of my friends/relatives, but then again im from a latin i dont know how im viewed

  69. D W

    D W

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    15K white folk wit the thumbs down. Lmao.

    • Zee


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      Right lmao

  70. no one

    no one

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    I knew this one would be about race.

  71. Verdugo


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    “You lay those edges down so well, they fall asleep” BRUH

  72. Herminia Almgren

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  73. peqio seroa

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  74. Amy Pattie

    Amy Pattie

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    I am a whitey, but I have always stanned the push for African and Islander women to have free hair. As a child, I would get so many kids asking if they could touch my hair, my mum would tell me if my hair got too long, I’d have to straighten it all the time. Scary Spice was the best human in the world when I was 10, the only girly-haired girls in a sea of fake straight hair. I was so happy to see Monica Rambau in WandaVision being accepted, even if it’s in a fantasy it was so good to see. All power to you all. I hope one day all the cultural ways in which you guys manage and style your hear will be seen for what it is.

  75. Sparky Summers

    Sparky Summers

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    That pre-emptive "before you say not all white people" line was so fucking weak. Imagine being that much of a prick

  76. tantzer


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  77. Lauren Walker

    Lauren Walker

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    I couldn’t imagine getting my hair done and then being told it’s “unkempt” or “dirty”. I don’t think I can comment on this, I’m obviously a white girl with straight blonde hair but It’s really heartbreaking to hear that black hair has been and continues to be used as a form of oppression against black people. I did know about this, but not to this extent. To the black woman who wrote this segment, Thankyou for teaching me about this.

  78. Bunny, Easter

    Bunny, Easter

    4 dager siden

    This is _hairassment!_

  79. D P

    D P

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    I really never thought about this before, yet another thing the "leaders of the free world" decided to discriminate against. Land of the free if you dress like us, look like us, wear your hair like us. USA: the country who enslaved entire cultures, destryoed countries for their oil and even shits on it's own people on a daily basis. Well done USA!

  80. Jan Chandler

    Jan Chandler

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    The sad fact is that our world is sculpted in a way to make white men comfortable. Obviously with issues involving POC that would include white women as well.

  81. PoolNoodle Warrior

    PoolNoodle Warrior

    4 dager siden

    First time i've "thumbs-downed" an episode of this for a long time. The bit at the end was just condescending. And please spare the righteous indignation of "oh, white people have been condescending to black people for CENTURIES"; two wrongs don't make a right. It's possible to make your point and be civil *cue the hate*

  82. AMedz


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    The young lady from Banana Republic missed a trick. She should have said "of course" gone home , taken them out and returned to work with her afro. Pscheeeew (as per my ancestors)

  83. Ogre SM

    Ogre SM

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    if your culture matters more than your employability - you don't really want a job.

    • Zee


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      If a job is trying to make me erase my culture? Hell no I don't want that job. Who would?

  84. Toni B*

    Toni B*

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    so they have to be grey haired and receding.

  85. Dave Webster

    Dave Webster

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    I don't get it, so there is 17 salons and non of them do black hair. Surely this isn't racium it's an opportunity to start salon with no competition in the market?.

  86. Abdulrahman al-mathkour

    Abdulrahman al-mathkour

    5 dager siden

    Hey, took me a couple of weeks to finish this video cause the controversial nature of what I think I think it sucks that African American have to struggle with even their hair, in a way that affect their livelihood, WE NEED to figure this out so we can focus on even more important things that people face But the part that I disagree on in gate-keeping culture things like hair, the two cases 20/30 years ago, made peoples lives harder but stopping someone from experienceing part of your heritage is kinda iffy ? At the very list the normalising of such things would normalise it (seen a vid of a young black girl harassing a white dude, cause of his hair,) I thought about the same issue in my own culture, people do wear the traditional clothes of my country, and that doesn’t bother me at all (actually I myself dont want to wear it, pain in the butt) So yeah, I hope that one day we can move beyond all the racism without having to have all their secure things, for people to leave the hatred in their hearts.

  87. Rew King

    Rew King

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    Ok i was firmly in the 'why is this an issue?' right up until it was a pain in Doug Judie's ass 🤣 Seriously though, it boggles my mind that black people have to deal with this BS.

  88. Lredfloss1


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    Surely you can't call yourself a "professional" or even fully qualified hair dresser if you don't know how to work on all types of hair. 🤔

    • Sally French

      Sally French

      2 dager siden

      Sadly they can, but they shouldn’t.

  89. Bipolar Mind Droppings

    Bipolar Mind Droppings

    5 dager siden

    I think a lot of white people just dont get that hairstyles are a cultural touchstone in some cultures. I was into punk and grunge and hairstyles were a big part of that culture so it was easy for me to see it in black hair.

  90. Bobby Gane

    Bobby Gane

    5 dager siden

    I have no opinion on this subject

  91. Svet Savov

    Svet Savov

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    Who cares...i don't...i am bald.........

    • Zee


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      Who cares that you're bald?

  92. Mr. Grey

    Mr. Grey

    5 dager siden

    No, your hair doesn't look good Leslie. You look like Buckwheat f***ed Carrot Top. and yeah I know what a boxbraid is, you didn't invent it.

  93. enkidu 28

    enkidu 28

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    Hair is hair. Who cares... you can have on top of your head whatever... but of course for some jobs/some schools there might be some rstrictions. Many times i saw people forced to cut their hair to 'fit the norm'. Like a dress code. It happends to everyone and everywhere. Doesn't matter what race you're running:/

  94. fe86brandao


    5 dager siden

    I love john oliver, but i didnt like this segment at all. I absolutely agree about black hair in the workplace, about its use as a pretext for discrimination and the impact it all has on a person of color's self view. But a lot of his illustrations were flawed and ignore the realities of a multi racial society.

  95. Gobtik


    5 dager siden

    One minor point but there is a big difference between appropriation and appreciation. It is a FACT of recorded history that white Viking women in England had braided hair; ancient Greece (1500-1600BC) has depictions of men with dreadlocks on frescos. There are similar descriptions of dreadlocks on Ancient Christian Ascetics in the Middle East and Mediterranean, the Dervishes of Islam, it is not an exclusively black African thing, nor is someone appropriating culture just for wearing a style they like - something humans have done for as long as we have sailed and traded. People trying to claim ownership of a hairstyle particularly those trying to make money from the culture of others is a problem, not a white person celebrating their own heritage.

  96. Ajay Harry

    Ajay Harry

    5 dager siden

    The football players hair looks awesome tied up. Also the kid that got his hair cut, his haircut looked awesome too before they chopped it off, what the (explicit) is wrong with people.

  97. Dru Talero

    Dru Talero

    5 dager siden

    Lol those news anchors are so cute