Halle Berry has captured the Internet’s attention from the Academy Awards red carpet. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on perspective.
Berry, still the only black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress, appeared on the red carpet with sporting a big, curly hair-do. Twitter immediately reacted to the choice, apparently either loving the look or hating it. Many immediately likened it to hair looks worn by pop music legend Whitney Houston.
There were plenty of people who immediately took to the Internet to talk about how much they loved Berry’s look — which is in serious contrast to the short-cropped hair she’s worn in the past.
— michael covelli (@MichaelCovelli) February 27, 2017
Halle Berry's hair is owning that red carpet. #Oscars2017
— Phillipa Coleman (@ColemanPhillipa) February 27, 2017
And a few people couldn’t believe Berry looked as good as she does regardless of what her hair is doing.
Our house loves Halle Berry's hair but was convinced that the person wearing it was too young to be Halle Berry.
— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) February 27, 2017
Others were a bit taken aback by the amount of space Berry’s hair was occupying on the red carpet, both metaphorically and literally.
Halle Berry's hair is proof positive it is raining in L.A. #Oscars
— Snarkhilda Recapulet (@SnarkhildaHT) February 27, 2017
And of course, the memes started to roll in.
— HerCampus Miami (OH) (@HerCampusMUOhio) February 27, 2017
Not everybody thought Berry’s look was a winner, however. Twitter is just as full of people making fun of the look as praising it.
Halle Berry looks like the stick figure with the curly red hair on the happy meal cup from McDonald's from the 90's
— Neyla (@YoSoyNYC) February 27, 2017
I can't with Halle Berry's hair. It looks like she put her finger in an electric socket. #OscarsRedCarpet
— itsbre (@itsbre) February 27, 2017
Add a white streak in her hair and Halle Berry becomes the bride of Frankenstein
— Karla Schell (@kschell9) February 27, 2017
While Berry’s hair actually looked just fine, even great, in still photos, after seeing it live on the red carpet, people didn’t react as positively.
Halle Berry's hair looks like she turned the trimmings from a barber shop floor into a wig #Oscars
— Kirstin Kirby (@kirkirbyy) February 27, 2017
The division over Berry’s hair quickly dominated the red carpet discussion. Much like politics or whether that one dress is gold or blue, people began finding themselves on one side of the line or the other.
The Academy Awards will likely have its share of political speeches and positions on the events of 2017, but for the time being, everyone has an opinion on Berry’s hair.
Halle Berry wins the #Oscars for most controversial hair style
— Vanessa Friedman (@VVFriedman) February 27, 2017
And of course, it wouldn’t be 2017 if someone didn’t find a way to bring the discussion back to current politics, and inevitably, Donald Trump’s election as president.
Halle Berry's hair is all of us after the 2016 election. #Oscars
— Adam Sharples (@sharpstick5) February 27, 2017