Coco Austin Responds to Backlash Over Her Braids, Says It's Not a 'Race Thing'

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 11:  Coco Austin attends the TV Guide Celebrates Mariska Hargitay at Gansevoort Park Avenue on January 11, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

Coco Austin Responds to Backlash Over Her Braids, Says It's Not a 'Race Thing'

Ice-T's wife was accused of cultural appropriation over her 'do.

Published July 23rd

Ice-T's wife Coco Austin got her hood pass revoked last week when she got her long, blonde hair braided into cornrows and decided to name the 'do the "Coco Swoop."

Wrong move, diva. Social media was all over Coco's case for Columbus-ing a style that has been a part of Black culture for generations, and then went in on her husband for lashing out at those who pointed out the issue. Now, Coco is speaking up in response to all the drama that she caused.

Coco posted a video to social media addressing the backlash, telling people it's not a "race thing" (using air quotes no less). Due respect, Coco, but we'll be the judge of that.

"I name all my styles that I do to my self," Coco explained. "These are called the Coco swoop, the braids before Bo Derek braids, and it's a Coco-ism. I've always done it. Why can't we all rename hairstyles or braids? That's so stupid. Why is everybody claiming something they shouldn't?" 

#PressPlay : #Coco responds to social media accusing her of #culturalappropriation for naming her braids the #CocoSwoop

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Okay [Jay-Z voice].

Do you accept Coco's explanation, or nah? 

Written by Evelyn Diaz

(Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

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