Bad Hair is a 2020 American comedy horror film written, directed, and produced by Justin Simien. The film stars
In this horror satire set in 1989, BAD HAIR follows an ambitious young woman (Elle Lorraine) who gets a weave to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career comes at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a mind of its own.
In a new interview with Good Morning America, the two stars of the Hulu horror satire — which is currently streaming — opened up about the underlying message of the film, which is about a young woman who gets a weave to fit in at work, only to find out that the weave has a dangerous mind of its own.
“I think for a lot of black women, particularly in corporate America, they have been forced to conform and to look palatable for their white coworkers,” explained Waithe, 36. “We’ve also had this sort of European beauty and what we were supposed to look like.”
“There’s a lot of pressure on Black women to straighten their hair, even if they don’t want to,” she continued.
Waithe went on to clarify that the film isn’t “anti-straight hair or natural hair; it’s more about having the freedom to wear your hair; however, you choose.”
“Things like the Crown Act are a prime example of that,” she added, referring to legislation that prohibits employers from discriminating against people with natural hair textures and hairstyles, which has been signed into law in several states.
“I think the movie is really all about not conforming to fit in but more about doing what makes sense for you and standing out,” Waithe added.