Kelis has been rocking some gorgeous Senegalese twists while visiting Singapore and she recently posted a video of local women touching and admiring her hair.
In the caption, Kelis wrote, “I don’t even know what to say here.”
Social media reactions have been mixed, some said Kelis appeared too calm and did not find the video funny, while others sympathized with the curiosity of the women.
Kelis is better than me, Bjork would’ve been on that floor! Ain’t shit funny! pic.twitter.com/H3azsFgkmK
— that oochie coochie lala (@MathewNoKnowles) October 21, 2022
Oh please. I can appreciate someone’s plaits without playing in it like a kid with play doh.
Would you do it with someone who’s just had a cut and blow dry? No you wouldn’t. You’d compliment without being fetishistic and bloody rude.
— Althea ? (@TheFoxHuntress) October 22, 2022
I don’t mind people touching my hair honestly, because i be touching people hair too ?. I feel like touching someone hair is a sign of love and appreciation if the energy is mutual.
— Ken’Dre (@Kendrebell_) October 22, 2022
I gasped at how lenient she was, but then I remember reading that she’s a quarter Asian (mom is half Chinese), so perhaps that’s why she didn’t toss palms?
— BEAT IT, CHICK! (@cosmic_browneee) October 22, 2022
some saying they were curious,not rude. It is rude to walk up to stranger, start touching them. Visualize the reverse. They're that fascinated by her hair,they didn't think to ask her directly.They obviously have questions. Use a translation app. Experienced this with my locs?
— Kayy ???️?? (@podfemslashgurl) October 22, 2022
— Culture Stars (@culturestars_) October 22, 2022
And those twists look fresh too, absolutely not pic.twitter.com/jSEXUHSJxS
— Shai⁷ (@Shai_Berry) October 22, 2022
She should’ve kept the same energy she had with Beyoncé??♂️ pic.twitter.com/lyxUBUsUWc
— Dae ? (@supremedae___) October 22, 2022
I’m just tripping at the people trying to justify it like… Nah, you don’t just walk up to someone and start touching them because you’re curious – we’re adults, not toddlers.
— J. Allen Walker, MPA (@TheJAllenWalker) October 22, 2022
A lot of these ppl have never seen black ppl in real life so i understand the “shock”. But feeling entitled to just start touching someone is not cool. Its okay to assert your boundaries
— Regent of Sol (@writtenbychamp) October 22, 2022
They were obviously curious, but they shoulda asked before touching.
I know how I can get mad when someone touches my hair. It irritates me and I snap especially if it's my afro, I SEE RED
— ??????? ???? (@CabriniDivo) October 22, 2022
What would you have done? Do you give people in other countries a ‘pass’ to touch your hair because they seem curious?