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Amandla Stenberg criticises pop stars for using black culture imagery for popularity

The Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg has taken aim at Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry for "adopting" black culture in their music videos.

The 16-year-old actress, who played Rue in the first Hunger Games film, made a video, titled Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows, in which she accuses the pop stars of using black culture to gain popularity, as part of a high school history project.


The footage was posted to her Tumblr account months ago, but it only recently went viral.


In the video, Stenberg claims "pop stars and icons adopted black culture as a way of being edgy and gaining attention" throughout the last five years.


She explains, "In 2013, Miley Cyrus twerks and uses black women as props, and then in 2014, in one of her videos called This Is How We Do, Katy Perry uses Ebonics and hand gestures and eats watermelons while wearing cornrows before cutting inexplicably to a picture of Aretha Franklin." She adds, "So, as you can see, cultural appropriation was rampant."


The video also features images of Kesha and Kim Kardashian sporting cornrow hairstyles and Madonna wearing a grill on her teeth, as well as clips from Taylor Swift's Shake It Off video.


Stenberg then poses the question, "What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?"