The petition’s alleged creator Jasmine Toliver took to her Facebook page to defend herself and downplay the effort as a joke.
On Change.org you can currently find petitions calling for legislation against sexual assault, or asking municipalities to build suicide prevention measures along major bridges —but there’s also a new petition asking pop star Beyoncé to change her daughter’s hairstyle.
A petition, titled “Comb Her Hair,” is raising eyebrows and drawing outrage for suggesting Beyoncé and Jay Z should spend some of their multimillions on grooming for their 2-year-old daughter.
“The parents of Blue Ivy. Sean Carter a.k.a Jay Z and Beyoncé have failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy’s hair,” the petition, reportedly created by a New York woman named Jasmine Toliver, reads.
“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 hair.”
By Thursday morning the petition had garnered nearly 2,000 signatures, but amid criticism its creator also apparently took to her Facebook page to defend herself and downplay the effort as a joke.
“My joke took off anything I guess with ‘sign a petition’ is funny,” Toliver wrote. “If 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.”
“My hair (looks) like blue ivy right now except its moisturized and detangled,” she continued.
“Yes I’m natural! Have a seat to most people. I can care less about Beyoncé or (Jay Z) but I do care for the kids 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.”
Many, including natural hair experts and enthusiasts, were less than amused by Toliver’s “joke” and explanation.
“That’s insane,” Anthony Dickey, stylist and owner of Hair Rules salon, which specializes in textured and curly hair in Hells Kitchen, said.
“That’s insane to think that her hair, as a child – a toddler – is supposed to fit into a standard of beauty, that’s acceptable for who? That’s the big question. Who cares? We’re talking about a child here, and we’re going to now implement a standard of beauty for children?”
“She’s a child with natural hair — what texture other than natural would you expect a child to be?”
Social media users have sounded off on Twitter with both negative and positive comments about the toddler’s appearance since the most recent photos of the famous family – showing their arrival in New York on Monday – surfaced online.
The apparently polarizing discussion has led to blog posts and opinion pieces written about black hair, image issues in the black community, and Beyonce and Jay Z’s parenting skills.
“I think she’s a pretty little girl,” Dickey added, about Blue Ivy. “She doesn’t have naturally straight hair, she has natural curly hair, and it has the right and free will to go in any direction that it chooses, and to think it should do anything else – you would be suggesting a standard of beauty that is supposed to be imposed on a toddler, and that’s insane.”