I'm pretty shocked that a literal Change.org petition to "comb" Blue Ivy's hair has popped up on the internet. Nah, let me be honest. I'm not. People always find something useless to complain about, especially when it doesn't directly impact their lives.
If by rare chance you don't know who Blue Ivy is, she's Beyoncé and Jay-Z's daughter. You can pretty much see this kid daily on entertainment news TV shows, blogs, and magazines. Apparently, someone named "JT" was so utterly disgusted by the child's hair that she created the Blue Ivy petition because, "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." Currently, the petition has over 2700 supporters.
My thoughts? Straight foolishness! Petty!
First of all, I don't believe Blue Ivy is "suffering." In fact, she has super wealthy married parents who appear to love and care for her deeply. How many kids are truly suffering right now because they're in foster care, ill, hungry, poor, neglected, or abused? Too many.
Also, who, other than the child's hair dresser, knows if Blue Ivy's hair is not properly cared for or moisturized? JT certainly doesn't know the hair care regime or the hair texture/type of Baby Blue. And, at the end of the day, the only people who have a say in Blue Ivy's hair are her parents. If they want their child to wear dreads, whose business is it? Not any of ours. It's their prerogative.
Plus, baby Ivy is clearly natural. The pictures I see of her show her typically wearing a little bow, headband, or pin in her hair. Since when does natural hair equate to being "raggedy" or "ungroomed"? Not only that, Blue Ivy wears cute little outfits and doesn't look dirty, but because she has a naturally kinky hairstyle, she looks thrown away? Oh, okay. I will point out that Halle Berry's daughter, who also wears her hair natural, isn't targeted or slandered. Why? My speculation is that Nahla has what some black people call "good" hair. I also want to note that I've seen plenty of kids from all races who leave the house with impeccable clothing and fixed hair, but by the end of the day, their hair and clothes are messy from playing and being a child.
It seems like people expect baby Blue, at the ripe old age of 2, to be a mini version of Beyoncé. Maybe the child should have a blonde wig thrown on her head to appease those with complaints.
We definitely need to take a closer look at ourselves if we feel it's okay to tear down the physical appearance of a toddler. She can barely speak, let alone defend herself. If anything, we need to start a petition for grown people to learn to write in complete sentences with correct grammar before creating silly online petitions. Last time I checked, education is much more important than hair. But, I guess Blue Ivy's hair is much more important in the grand scheme of things.
P.S.- Thanks, LaTasha B. (from Mississippi) for suggesting that I write an article on this topic!