As black artists gain notoriety for their work and image, white artists have attempted to emulate their styles in order to seem like they are “keeping up” with the trends. However, their failure to understand how wrong it is for them to use elements of black culture has resulted in multiple offenses of appropriation which is most visible in music videos. Some of the artists that have been called out on their actions have been Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift.
These actions are harmful because the white artists I’ve mentioned have the power to influence today’s youth due to their celebrity status. If viewers see artists using black women as props, or appropriating black hairstyles,etc., their views of black people can be affected regardless of whether they are thinking critically about these music videos or not.