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Adele Accused Of 'Cultural Appropriation' After Sharing Notting Hill Carnival Photo

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Adele Accused Of 'Cultural Appropriation' After Sharing Notting Hill Carnival Photo

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.

Notting Hill Carnival in 2019. Credit: PA
Notting Hill Carnival in 2019. Credit: PA

In the photo, Adele is wearing a bikini 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 criticise 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 steal during festival season or ever!"

Credit: Adele/Instagram
Credit: Adele/Instagram

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 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."

But not everyone felt Adele deserved the hate, with some fans hitting back in the comments to say she was merely 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?"

Notting Hill Carnival 2019. Credit: PA
Notting Hill Carnival 2019. Credit: PA

A second commented: "For all the haters: this look was probably done by a black woman. She also celebrated with black people. She is celebrating the culture, not making fun of it."

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 clout chasing for most of you to call it cultural appropriation.

"There are more pressing issues that you can be mad at than this."


LADbible has reached out to Adele's representatives for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Adele/Instagram

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Adele

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