“Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox needed much more than 10 seconds to answer a question about cultural appropriation. The actress was asked “White girls and cornrows, yay or nay?” by Andy Cohen on Bravo's “Watch What Happens Live” Sunday, and the star said the first thing that came to her mind: Bo Derek, the star of the 1979 film “10,” who famously wore cornrows.

At the time, Cox wasn’t familiar with the feud bubbling between “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star Kylie Jenner and “Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg, which started after the reality star posted a picture of herself with cornrows to Instagram. In an effort to stay out of the drama, Cox didn’t give an extended response. But a couple of days after the show was filmed, the actress had some time to think about cultural appropriation and penned her thoughts in a Tumblr essay Tuesday evening.


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Cox said she was “taken to task” by people for not defending Stenberg, who she now knows has “quite eloquently” talked about cultural appropriation. “We live in a multicultural society where being influenced by cultures different from ours is inevitable,” Cox wrote in her post. “But when the traditions and practices of marginalized communities are used by those in power and the material conditions of those who are marginalized are not changed individually and systemically this is when cultural appropriation is deeply problematic and even potentially exploitative.”

The “OITNB” star does not want to call anyone out, but instead wants to “illuminate the discussion, put it in historic and cultural perspective with love, empathy and understanding.”

Less than an hour after she shared her revised answer, hundreds of people liked and shared her message. She also tagged Stenberg in her Twitter post, but the actress has not responded to Cox. The last thing Stenberg tweeted was that she wanted to end the “angry black girl narrative.”

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