If you thought the Americans had peaked cultural appropriation with “chai latte” and “naan bread”, nothing could have prepared us for the “henna lip stain”. Hai Maa Mataji!
In a TikTok video that has now gone viral, American beauty blogger Brianah Christianson does the most white thing ever by applying henna on her lips. “You've seen henna freckles,” Christianson’s voiceover says, “How about henna lips?” (Well, how about no? Please just stop!) After showing her henna supplies, the blogger quickly proceeds to apply red henna to her lips. It’s “for a subtle, natural red shade,” she explains.
Of course, desi Twitter is having a meltdown.
stop appropriating my culture!! i didn’t think i’d have to say this in 2020 but MY CULTURE IS NOT YOUR AESTHETIC https://t.co/EYJoGGUV1N
— ananya💫 (@tandelananya) October 25, 2020
so youre saying all my life i was mocked for wearing henna on my hands for its smell and “weirdness” just for white people to put it on their lips like its no big deal now? 😭 https://t.co/qMONFPdtuA
— ridz WINONA DAY (@1895JOHNLOCK) October 25, 2020
A few horrified souls pointed out how the chemical in henna, which is clearly not meant for lips, can be dangerous.
yep it will def dry and crack and this person is using chemical henna not natural so its legit gonna make her lips swell
— ro \⁷ (@mactsofservice) October 25, 2020
They colonized henna too😒
And btw it's not natural henna, it's full of chemical so RIP to those lips pic.twitter.com/cTlhfljNq3
— Wafa❯❯❯❯ (@weekendforwafa) October 25, 2020
Also it's so unsafe
— vivi⁷☾ semi ia (@twinkth) October 25, 2020
What about when it starts leaving back patches as it fades? That’s a beauty nightmare.
first of all what kinda henna is that
second, her lips are gonna turn dark brown after a while and stink BAD https://t.co/uEWAhhbfNf
— sal ✨ (@exoisweird) October 25, 2020
And the smell? How are we gonna move past that?
this is totally irrelevant but imagine kissing ur girl and her lips smell like mhendi aye haye ulti hi kar dungi mein 😩 https://t.co/nD6ScZrggo
— yashi (@dduddupeaches) October 25, 2020
Where is the Boycott Bridge when you need one?
can we seriously start banning whites from using henna https://t.co/7eSmGn7io8
— alya⁷☾ (@wldflwrlouie) October 25, 2020
Somebody get her lipstick already!