Since her birth in January of 2012, Blue Ivy, the child of super star couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z, has been the subject of many a blog post and tweet. It seems like every day now, poor Blue is the target of social media criticism ranging from the way she is dressed to even her facial expressions. Most often, the negative attention is directed at her hair. Regarded by some as the world’s most stylish toddler, others have continuously called her hair unkempt and taken to social media to express their unsolicited opinions.
Recently, one woman took things a step further, and what many would believe, to be too far. Last week, a petition was started by Jasmine Tolliver of Brooklyn, NY on Change.org, a website that allows everyday people and organizations alike to create petitions about anything they want in hopes of creating change. In her petition she implores mega stars Beyoncé and Jay-Z to comb their two year old daughter’s hair.
The petition reads:
Comb her hair
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 Beyoncé 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.
At the time of this writing the petition has 4,629 signatures and tons of controversy. People seem to have plenty to say, both in support of the petition and in opposition.
“Because no child who’s mom spends thousands on her hair (monthly) should live life looking like a sheep!” one person wrote.
Another shared, “This is the dumbest thing I have seen in my life, you biddies don’t have anything to but to pick on a child and her parent for her hair, you have no right to assume that you are the authority on anyone’s hair, you judgemental females, that is her child.”
Meanwhile Jasmine Tolliver has responded to the criticism on her Facebook page, by saying the petition was simply a joke.
“I’m just so over with society! Obviously the petition was a joke! It just goes to show you how dumb people really are to believe I would really deep down in my heart start a petition to comb her hair and be DEAD SERIOUS! Your suppose to laugh at stuff like that.”
What do you think? Is this petition funny? Should a child’s hair ever be a “joke”? Do Beyonce and Jay-Z owe it to their daughter to keep her looking “presentable”?
Stephanie Kemp is a writer, poet, natural hair lover, and social media specialist . Follow her on Twitter @stephanie_poet.