Ever so often, a petition comes along so ridiculous, so absolutely ignorant, that it takes our breath away.
A petition started by Change.org user Jasmine Toliver targeting the lovely coils and kinks of Blue Ivy definitely falls into that category.
Toliver is apparently so offended that Blue Ivy’s mother Beyonce doesn’t tame her daughter’s hair to meet society’s standards, she decided to do something about it.
The Change.org petition reads:
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 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.
So far, the petition has amassed 1489 signatures.
After Toliver was (rightfully) called out for the petition, she took to Facebook with the following message:
My joke took off anything I guess with “sign a petition” is funny if I would’ve said “sign a petition to save Lebron James hairline” that would’ve took off to! It’s a clever joke.! Nobody came up with before. These blogs and websites are doing the most. My hair look like blue ivy right now except its moisturized and detangled. 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 breath and chill out.
Leanna Fain of Niagara Fall, New York was so enraged by Toliver’s petition that she created a counter-petition urging the toddler critic to mind her own business:
It’s important to understand that there are many different things to be worried about in this world. There are children going to bed hungry in this country, some being abused and neglected. Seriously neglected. And yet, here you are. Targeting a child whose parents make more than enough money to care for her. Just because you don’t approve of how they care for her hair, doesn’t mean that you have the right to ask others to band together and sign a petition to force Beyonce and Jay-Z to satisfy you by taking care of their child according to your wishes. You, my friend, have some serious psychological issues and you need to get yourself checked out. I wouldn’t have bothered to do this, but I just can’t sit back watch you bash a two year old’s hair. Have you ever stopped to think that perhaps there are underlying reasons, or maybe there are none, but either way; is it really your business and/or your place to tell them how they should care for their baby’s hair?
I believe your petition is a travesty and I cannot believe that you would have the nerve and audacity or unmitigated gall to call these people, who have done absolutely nothing to you, out about their child’s hair. Therefore, I am asking others to stand with me to request that you, yourself, get a life. Find something rewarding about your own situation and make sure you’re good before you step out to publicly denounce anyone about their choices concerning their own child! Find a cause that can seriously benefit people. Check out your local homeless shelter and/or domestic violence groups. There are also rape crisis centers, or because you seem to have a love of children, perhaps you could look into fostering one. That would give you something productive to do, other than being mean and vindictive toward a small child and her obviously loving parents, who take her everywhere with them, instead of leaving her with nannies to raise her. Think on that.
The level of interest in this child’s hair is absurd and is nothing but a mere reflection of the general public’s obsession with her parents. There is clearly self-hate, Beyonce hate and Jay Z hate at play here. And it rears its ugly head every time Blue Ivy makes an appearance. The fact that Blue Ivy has more coins in her piggy bank than most of these “concerned” petitioners have in their 401 (k) may possibly be a factor here. In fact, we’re sure of it.
Blue Ivy would draw criticism from these people no matter what Beyonce did to her hair. So, maybe their time would be better served figuring out why that is, as opposed to wasting internet space.