Singer Adele has come under fire after sharing an Instagram photo to mark what would have been the weekend of Notting Hill’s famous carnival, with some social media users accusing her of cultural appropriation.
The event was due to take place between 30 and 31 August, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first time that the legendary carnival has not gone ahead in more than 50 years.
It is the first time that the Notting Hill’s carnival has been canceled in more than 50 years, and the event was due to take place between 30 and 31 August. However, due to the coronavirus, it will not take place this year.
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Adele wore a bikini top with the Jamaican flag, with her hair tied in Bantu knots.
She captioned the photo with:
“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,”
However, many people were not happy with her choice of costume, and criticized the singer for cultural appropriation. One person wrote that black hairstyles are not for white people to steal during festival season or ever, while others added that they would be unfollowing her because it’s not okay to show this type of appreciation.
“Many Black and Latina ladies have been denied/fired 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.” – a third one added.
Most people, though, felt that the ‘Hello’ singer didn’t deserve the hate she received, and wrote that she was merely showing ‘cultural appreciation’.
They noted that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wearing Bantu knots, as she just maybe loves the style. In fact, everyone is allowed to dress however they want, and people shouldn’t be judging others, including celebrities, for their choice of style.