When you want to see someone win, you will always try to give them the benefit of the doubt.
That is what some Demi Lovato fans gave her when a cultural appropriation controversy broke out over her hair in the music video for Cheat Codes' "No Promises."
Lovato's hair was styled in twists that many viewers immediately identified as locs, also called dreadlocks. This is troubling for several reasons.
First, this style has religious significance to members of the Rastafari religious movement. And second, locs have a lot of historical and cultural significance within the African American community. Because Demi belongs to neither of these groups, many people claimed she was engaging in cultural appropriation — taking meaningful elements of another culture, and stripping it of its intended meaning.
While we consider the mystery solved, so many questions still remain.
Mainly, why would anyone participate in anything that could be construed as cultural appropriation in 2017?