Some Americans have an overwhelming need to look out for others: They’re the people you meet serving meals at the local shelter on a sunny Saturday afternoon. They’re the retirees who take in foster children with no other place to go. Some folks even fork over fistfuls of cash to the causes that tug at their heartstrings.
Jasmine Toliver of Brooklyn, on the other hand, wants little more out of life than for Blue Ivy Carter to get her hair done. How thoughtful.
(Hear the buzzing? It’s The BeyHive. Run for your live!)
It’s no secret: Being the only child of celebrity super-couple Jay Z and Beyoncé has done little to shield Baby Blue from the caustic criticism that crisscrosses through the veins of social media. In case you didn’t know, the two-year-old’s au naturel tresses have been the topic of Watercooler Dish on “Black Twitter” for months.
Critics argue that Blue’s untamed mane is dry, tangled, matted, knotted and in desperate need of…well, whatever you do to spruce up a baby’s hair. We assume one of Bey’s signature lacefront wigs is out of the question, but most agree that a bow and few barrettes couldn’t hurt.
Count Jasmine among them. She says watching one of the nation’s best known toddlers suffering from the inability to whip her hair back and forth is troubling to the soul. And that’s precisely why the Brooklynite has launched a petition on Change.org, titled “Comb Her Hair.” It’s a call to action, really. The action: “Get Blue’s hair did.”
Toliver simply writes:
“As a woman who understands the importance of hair care. It’s disturbing to watch a child suffering from the lack of hair moisture. The parents of Blue Ivy. Sean Carter A.K.A Jay-Z and Beyoncé has [sic] failed at numerous attempts of doing Blue Ivy Hair. 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.”
The petition has amassed more than 2,000 signatures since going viral on Wednesday.
We know what you’re thinking: Who wasted bandwidth and WiFi to join Jasmine’s efforts? Allow us to introduce you to Cassie Lee of Rockville, Maryland.
“I hate when a mother looks like a million dollars with their hair all done and the child looks like they haven’t seen a comb since they were born,” Lee wrote when asked why she signed the “Comb Her Hair” petition.
Those sentiments were echoed by Toronto’s own Nancy Kondo:
“Because no child who’s mom spends thousands on her hair (monthly) should live life looking like a sheep!”
Sounds like Canadian hospitality to us.