April 5, 2016 8:29 AM EDT

Justin Bieber is being accused of cultural appropriation after debuting his new dreadlocks on an awards show.

The controversy began on April 3, when the 22-year-old singer appeared at the IHeartRadio Awards show and posted a series of pictures of his new look on Instagram.

Critics took to social media to air their displeasure at a white male appropriating a look considered to be a traditional black hairstyle.

This is not the first time the singer has been criticized for his hair. In a picture posted on Instagram three months ago, Bieber is seen touting cornrows. However, the star did not seem too keen on the style, saying: “Hailey made me get corn rows…these will be off tomorrow.”

 

 

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