The stellar singer, Adele, has been creating quite the buzz in the news for her major weight loss and body transformation. And now, once again, she is making headlines, but this time it is not for the most positive thing. Adele is an avid user of social media and likes to keep her fans and followers apprised of what she is up to. From her weight loss transformation, to her family life, to pictures of her dogs and her getting up to no good; Adele loves to share it all. But her recent post on Instagram may be attracting the wrong kind of attention.
Just recently, Adele took to Instagram and shared an image of herself clad in a bikini. The bikini top was adorned with the Jamaican flag and the picture was posted to mark what would have been the weekend of London’s much loved and popular Notting Hill Carnival. Together with the bikini, Adele had her hair styled in bantu knots, a hairstyle traditionally donned by African women.
“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,” she captioned the post.
After she posted the picture, Adele was accused of cultural appropriation. Netizens had also started to call her out for stealing a hairstyle that belonged to a particular culture. “No sis, we love you but don’t appropriate people’s culture,” one social media user wrote, while another user wrote, “Black hairstyles are not for white people to steal during festival season or ever!”
A number of Adele fans went on to say that they would unfollow the singer and that her post was in no way showing appreciation to the culture. “Unfollowing tonight. Please note that I’m from London. While it may appear cute to some, showing this type of appreciation is not. Many Black and Latina ladies have been denied or fired from jobs and young children have been sent home from schools for hairstyles like these. This has happened in the UK, the US and other countries abroad. I’m not a fan,” one user wrote.
While many were not happy with her post, some decided that her hairstyle could not be termed ‘cultural appropriation’ if it was just a hairstyle that someone liked to wear. “You guys are reaching. Nothing about her wearing Bantu knots is ‘cultural appropriation’, maybe she just happens to love the style, ever think about that? African-Americans wear all sorts of hair from Asians to Hispanics, including blonde hair. Is it fair to say the same about you all?”
The Notting Hill Carnival was all set to take place in the city of London between August 30 and 31 and it is the first time in 50 years that the carnival has not taken place.