Adele Accused Of Cultural Appropriation For Rocking Jamaican Bikini, Bantu Knots Hairstyle
Singer Adele has been accused of cultural appropriation over her Notting Hill Carnival outfit and hairstyle.
Cultural appropriation is the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of an element or elements of one culture or identity by members of another culture or identity.
The 32-year-old Grammy winner shared a photo on Sunday as a tribute to London‘s annual Notting Hill Carnival, which was held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Adele, who lamented missing the annual carnival, posted a photo of herself on Instagram and captioned it; “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London”.
In the photo, the ‘Hello’ singer showed off her incredible weight loss in a bikini bearing the Jamaican flag and Bantu knots, a traditional African hairstyle, as well as acid-wash leggings and a yellow feathered headdress.
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While many fans of the singer went wild for her acknowledgement of her home town and praised her incredible weight loss, others slammed the singer for cultural appropriating for her choice of style.
See some mixed reactions below;
If 2020 couldn’t get anymore bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for.
This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic.
Hate to see it. pic.twitter.com/N9CqPqh7GX
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) August 30, 2020
This week in dumb-fuckery — Americans took it upon themselves to collectively be outraged ON BEHALF of Jamaicans & Africans, because @Adele wore a Jamaican-flag bikini top & African Bantu Knots on her head.@Adele, thank you for representing the Bantu culture.
Love, Africans. pic.twitter.com/irquGEOvnJ
— Avi Christiaans (@Not_Opressed) August 31, 2020
Alright, who had Adele’s cultural appropriation on their 2020 Bingo Card? pic.twitter.com/rHGRo0NXi7
— DJ Butt Stuff Barbie (@aurexm) August 30, 2020
To all the ignorant non Jamaicans dragging Adele for supporting the Jamaican culture, sit down! You don’t speak for us! We are proud of Adele! Nuff respeck to her! pic.twitter.com/d1GI9Ep7kt
— Francine Braverman (@fogartyny1) August 31, 2020
Oh gawd woke up to this #Adele storm don’t think I can take the arguments on here today..bet she is thinking I shouldn’t have posted that, the hairstyle is a sensitive subject and even if your attention is to celebrate it may be taken differently. Be self aware especially now 🖤 pic.twitter.com/kP8EoHUvrs
— MAX (@ThisIsMax) August 31, 2020
adele said: pic.twitter.com/TKRfsCALAH
— c (@chuuzus) August 30, 2020
To y’all trying cancel Adele for wearing Jamaican culture please stop. She looks great and she’s being RESPECTFUL about it. Keep going queen 💁🏽♀️😼 pic.twitter.com/k2ZmIijawG
— 🤺 (@benjixan) August 31, 2020
Not the bantu knots😭😭 pic.twitter.com/jalN4cxmEL
— Embodiment_of_Procrastination (@evrydayhuman) August 31, 2020
This isn’t a big deal for most of us Jamaicans. Adele is one of us. It’s literally carnival too.
— An Unbothered Queen 🇯🇲 (@anuh_me) August 31, 2020
— why2k (@why2kla) August 31, 2020
Still trying to understand how this debate debate about Adele’s hairstyle benefits future generations of “black people” around the world.
And can Black Americans stop forcing other black people around the world to view “race” through the Black American perspective? 🤦🤦
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) August 31, 2020
— Harley quinn stan 🐦 (@VeganPringles) August 31, 2020