Singer Adele has come under f!re after sharing an Instagram photo to mark what would have been the weekend of Notting Hill’s famous carnival, with some social media users acc*sing her of cultural appropriation.
The event was due to take place between 30 and 31 August, but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pan*emic. It is the first time that the legendary carnival has not gone ahead in more than 50 years.
In the photo, Adele is wearing a bik!ni top bearing the Jamaican flag, while her hair has been tied into bantu knots. “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,” she wrote in the caption.
After the post went live last night, some people commented to cri*icise the star’s look, with one writing: “No sis…. we love you but don’t appropriate people’s culture.” Another said: “Black hairstyles are not for white people to st*al during festival season or ever!”
A third added: “Unfollowing tonight. Please note that I’m from London. While it may appear cute to some, to show this type of appreciation, it’s not.
“Many Bl*ck and Latina ladies have been den!ed/f!red from jobs and young children sent home from school with hairstyles like this. This has happened in the UK, the US and other countries abroad. I’m not a fan.”But not everyone felt Adele deserved the hate, with some fans hi*ting back in the comments to say she was m*rely showing ‘cultural appreciation’.
Someone wrote: “You guys are REACHING. Nothing about her wearing Bantu knots is ‘cultural appropriation’ maybe she just happens to love the style… ever think of that? African Americans wear all sorts of hair from Asians to H!spanics…. INCLUDING blonde hair. Is it fair to say the same about you all?
“These Protective styles may have come from African Americans but the same way you all can rock OUR type of hair AND style… we can do the same thing.”Stop getting offe*ded over everything. And if you’re that kind of person, then get off her social media. Period.”
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— Iahn 💫💫 (@niggawithnojob) August 31, 2020
Agreeing, another added: “Adele is clearly celebrating a culture that she admires, and is in no way appropriating that culture. It’s so trendy and clo*t ch*sing for most of you to call it cultural appropriation.”There are more pressing issues that you can be mad at than this. Get yo life tho….”LADbible has reached out to Adele’s representatives for comment.
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