The internet is left divided once again after Adele shared a picture of herself celebrating what would have been Notting Hill's famous carnival.
Adele recently came under the fire after sharing an Instagram post celebrating a weekend what would have been Notting Hill's famous carnival. The legendary event, which was supposed to take place between August 30 and 31, has been going on for more than 50 years but this year it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although the carnival could not take place, Adele decided to share an image in its spirit. Unfortunately, it rubbed people the wrong way with many outraged social media users accusing the Grammy-winning artist of cultural appropriation for her choice of appearance.
The 32-year-old donned a string bikini, which bore the Jamaican flag, and wore her hair in Bantu knots- "which are small coiled buns typically associated with people of the African descent," reports The Guardian. Sharing the image on Instagram, the Tottenham-born artist wrote: Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London. However, Twitter users everywhere including many in the US, accused her of cultural appropriation for the hairstyle she chose to go with.
She's not American and the festival is Caribbean, so it doesn't concern you.— Rudy Faber - Illustrator 👹 (@RudyJanFaber) August 31, 2020
User Margie wrote: Sorry but famous white people shouldn't be ripping off hairstyles or looks that are not part of their culture. It's not cute or clever. Let's have more talk about the beautiful features & hairstyles that actual POC have now & not talk about how so & so of the moment wore them. Another tweeted: 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. According to The Guardian, another wrote: If you haven’t quite understood cultural appropriation, look at Adele’s last Instagram post. She should go to jail no parole for this.
Just to clarify Adele is in London celebrating Notting Hill Carnival, they have a variety of cultures that people from pretty much every race/background celebrate. And Black British people don't get nearly as offended by this as Black Americans do.— JayJay (@noordinarygurl2) August 30, 2020
Because that’s what people do on Twitter. They judge and act sanctimonious because they find it empowering. They think they’re perfect. Twitter is one big Karen.— chrisb (@chrisbsaysme) August 31, 2020
There were many who didn't seem to have a problem with Adele's look. User @Curatorous shared: I'm curious how Jamaicans feel about this. As an Indian, I see non-Indians wear sarees & I see it as a sweet gesture. It comes down to intention. Also, some cultures see it as appropriation, some as approbation, others think it fosters multiculturalism. Let's listen to everyone. @ShanizzleA didn't have any problem with Adele's look but noted that "I don't speak for all Caribbean/African people. What would make this an issue is if people assumed that Adele had created this look. Furthermore, black people have sometimes been berated for wearing their hair this way." Twitter use Soshanna Nina expressed: If we don't share our cultures and invite people to learn more about us, we will not close many of the racial divide that exist; example-Stereotyping. We have to give to get. We need to loosen up about some things and get to really understand each other at basic cultural levels.
I know many Jamaicans that don’t think this is a prob at all - I wish people would just let people be as long as they are doing no harm. I have a Ganesha tattoo because I traveled to India for 6 mths in my younger years and really appreciate the culture 💓— ukreal1 (@ukreal1) August 31, 2020
You’re probably too young to remember but in the 80s maybe 90s , Madonna used to draw a bindi as one of her props. No one was offended, no one called for her cancelling. We obviously had thicker skins & outrage was reserved for actual outtageous things.— EnnBee (@EnnBee14) August 31, 2020
Some noted that the problem might just be with Americans, who have to scrutinize every little thing that's happening around them. User @bingewatchingme shared: It’s funny because my fiancé and I attended an Indian wedding a few years ago where everyone wore traditional sari and kurta pajama. The Indian guests gave us love and compliments on ours also. It was only white Americans on Facebook who gasped and asked if we were “allowed” lol. User TeresaTouma agreeably wrote: Totally. In all my time in India, I never once had an Indian express outrage or offense at me wearing my salwar. I only felt self conscious about wearing it here in America. Then there was Twitter user @fightonstrong who explained: In this CONTEXT as a Jamaica this is appreciation! It's frustrating having black Americans telling us how to feel about OUR culture. It's kind of ironic actually. She doesn't look the best costume is really bad could have been better. But this isn't appropriation! User @Blue __Sailor expressed: 100% okay with this Jamaican! Black Americans are the ones that are "outraged" by this. Its the Arrogance of Americans showing its ugly head. Unfortunately, Black Americans believe they OWN all black culture outside of the African continent. (THEY DON'T).
I'm Bantu. And we really, really, REALLY, do NOT give a F.— Ciku Muiruri (@MissCiku) August 31, 2020
What annoys us more, is African Americans who constantly stake claim on a culture they know NOTHING about.@Adele I actually live on the continent whose style you are being accused of misappropriating. Do your thing😘
I know exactly!! I don't why Americans keep getting involved in these situations without actually having knowledge about them 😭😭😭😭 why they causing hate?— [email protected]🏡 (@doll112) August 31, 2020
Even her celebrity friends appeared to approve of her look as Naomi Campbell, whose mother was born in Jamaica, responded with two heart emojis and the Jamaican flags on her post. The Labour MP for Leicester East, Claudia Webbe said, "Carnival is a contested event in which either the usual order of things are overthrown, unhinged and disturbed, or it can reinstitute and reinforce the very order its meant to overthrow. In this sense Adele embraces the spirit of carnival as an event which is qualified to do both." Even David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham came to Adele's defense and wrote: This humbug totally misses the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival and the tradition of ‘dress up’ or ‘masquerade’ Adele was born and raised in Tottenham she gets it more than most. Thank you Adele. Forget the Haters.