By Julissa Catalan
In a time when Black female soldiers are fighting the army’s new grooming regulationsfor the simple right to wear their hair naturally while serving our countrymany are shocked that a Black woman started a petition this week to have Beyonc and Jay Z comb their 2-year-old daughter’s hair.
In a Change.org petition titled “Comb Her Hair,” creator Jasmine Tolvier addresses Blue Ivy’s hairdo:
“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, aka Jay Z, and Beyonc have failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy’s 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’s hair.”
The story immediately picked up traction, with media outlets condemning Tolvier for even addressing the toddler’s appearance.
In an article for The Root titled “Keep Your Fingers and Opinions Out of Blue Ivy’s Hair,” columnist Yesha Callahan writes:
“Over the last day, I’ve read plenty of comments referring to Blue Ivy’s hair as nappy. There were also comments about how Beyonc and Jay Z always leave the house looking like a million bucks, but what about Blue Ivy So would people be happy if Beyonc threw a weave or flatiron through Blue Ivy’s hair Or how about a million beads and braids Then you’ll have the natural-hair commanders complaining about how much damage that can cause to her hairline.”
Perhaps Callahan did not limit her response to Tolvier’s petition, because it seems she may actually have some supporters on Twitter.
Why Blue Ivy hair look like free form dreads Is she a Marley Bey don’t know how to do hair
MacTen (@soufside214) June 9, 2014
every time I see blue ivy’s hair I get pissed. Bey can change her hair 3x a day but can’t put some barrettes in blue’s hair! foh
luv. (@supremeshana_) June 9, 2014
Toliver took to her Facebook page on Thursday night to defend herself, saying:
“My joke took off. Anything I guess with ‘sign a petition’ is funnyif I would’ve said, ‘Sign a petition to save LeBron James hairline,’ that would’ve took off too! It’s a clever joke nobody came up with before. These blogs and websites are doing the most. My hair looks like Blue Ivy’s right now except it’s moisturized and detangled. Yes, I’m natural! Have a seat to most people. I can care less about Beyonc or Jay Z but I do care for the kid’s hair. People make nothing out of something. I love being Black! I’m proud my bloodline runs from Africa. I’m proud of my own tightly coiled kinks. I’m proud of my big lips and brown skin. People just need to breathe and chill out.”
Since the petition has taken off, the wannabe celebrity commentator has further exploited the topic on social media by posting links to articles covering the story and even a photo of a T-shirt that says “Relax My Hair, The Devil is a Lye!”
More shocking than the petition itself is how quickly signatures are being added. At the time this article was published, the petition had 2,192 signatures, only 307 from its goal.