Popular British singer, Adele is facing backlash for the bikini and hairstyle she wore while marking the canceled Notting Hill Carnival festivities.
The 32-year-old multiple Grammy winner had shared a photo on her Instagram page to pay tribute to London’s annual Notting Hill Carnival, which was held online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In the photo which she captioned “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,” Adele was seen wearing Bantu knots and a Jamaican flag bikini, as well as acid-wash leggings and a yellow feathered headdress.
Though Adele seemingly posted the picture with intentions of celebrating West Indian culture, people could not get past her bantu knots, a hairstyle typically worn by Black women trying to protect their strands from excessive damage.
Shortly after posting the picture on Sunday night, Adele came under fire on social media as many fans accused her of cultural appropriation.
Stunning cultural appropriation.
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) August 30, 2020
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
Adele is getting smashed on Insta for “cultural appropriation” after posting this pic an hour ago.
Apparently, they now own hairstyles.
These people are crazy. The poor woman just wanted to show off her epic weight loss.
Don’t delete or apologise.
We need you to be brave. pic.twitter.com/b1iKDFlL6M
— Avi Yemini 🇦🇺🇮🇱 (@OzraeliAvi) August 30, 2020
adele said: pic.twitter.com/TKRfsCALAH
— c (@chuuzus) August 30, 2020
Adele dropped that weight and said it’s time for her cultural appropriation era.
— Johnny Boy 🧚🏾♂️✨ (@JohnTheeFame) August 30, 2020
Love Adele but cultural appropriation doesn’t sit right for me. She’s beautiful wbk pic.twitter.com/N2OZdeFqiK
— Harold sweetener | BLM (@cloudbyarii) August 30, 2020
Adele’s hair after taking out the Bantu knots pic.twitter.com/gmNn2tdJmq
— deka 🧞♀️ (@dekaliketen) August 30, 2020
Adele and her distant cousins. pic.twitter.com/hd0FlrtDqi
— Wanna (@WannasWorld) August 30, 2020
adele’s hairstylist waiting to go home pic.twitter.com/qK7AkP2CnE
— giabuchi lastrassi (@jaboukie) 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
This is coming four months after Adele caused a major stare on social media after sharing a new photo of her dramatic weight loss to mark her 32nd birthday.