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Dear White People actress Teyonah Parris is not here for the blind ignorance of White people when comes to her hair and she has no problem making that known.

The versatile starlet, who is also known for her roles on the popular Mad Men and The Good Wife television series, recently took to social media to share an experience she had when a White man approached her with backhanded compliments about her hair while she was out dining with friends.

Giving a detailed recap of the uncomfortable exchange, Teyonah says the man’s approach was all wrong from the beginning:

She says she attempted to end the conversation after taking offense to the man’s comments by turning her back on him to the attention of her friends, but it didn’t work.

The brief but telling exchange finally ended when the man’s daughter insisted that he was only trying to give Teyonah a compliment before she quickly lured him away.

Moral of the story: Admiring someone’s style is one thing, but actin as if they are a fascinating science project while in a public place is another. If you want to pay someone a compliment on their appearance, questioning the authenticity of their style is never a good way to start that off…..and especially not when it comes to a black woman’s hairstyle.

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  • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

    He would have gotten a karate chop to the throat. I can’t believe he actually “touched” it though. Like wow! As beautiful as her hair is and how even now I am tempted to just run my hands through her hair if I saw her irl, I would resist because that is such an invasion of personal space and I’ll be [email protected] if I let someone touch my hair and I don’t know them

  • CayaK

    That is so annoying… I always have my inner “b*tch I have to pray for” ready in my eyes when people make that “must touch African hair” look