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Celebrities Defend Adele After Singer Was Accused Of Cultural Appropriation

Celebrities Defend Adele After Singer Was Accused Of Cultural Appropriation

Adele has been defended by her fellow celebrities on Twitter, after being accused of cultural appropriation when she uploaded a picture of herself to Instagram yesterday.

The 'Someone Like You' singer donned a Jamaican bikini top, colourful leggings and a yellow feathered add-on. She also wore her hair in Bantu knots - a style traditionally worn by women with Afro-textured hair.

She was celebrating what would have been Notting Hill Carnival, which had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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However, the 31-year-old was accused of cultural appropriation, with her choice of outfit and hairstyle both traditionally associated with black culture.

One person 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!"

Despite the fallout, some high-profile celebrities have since backed Adele over the picture.

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Naomi Campbell, who is part Jamaican, showed her support by posting two love hearts and two Jamaican flag emojis in the comments underneath the Instagram post.

Credit: Instagram
Credit: Instagram

Actor Zoe Saldana added: "You look right at home guurrrl."

Jamaican singer, songwriter and DJ Popcaan also added a love heart and a raised black fist.

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Meanwhile, British singer Alexandra Burke leapt to Adele's defence on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Monday morning.

"I see the pic. She looks hot. She's obviously been working on her body, that for me is a big deal. She's looking good," Burke said.

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Credit: PA

"As a Jamaican girl myself, my girl has grown up in black culture. People forget she's from Tottenham. She probably eats jerk chicken all the time like all of us.

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"All I'm saying is the girl looked good, leave her. Allow her, man. If Popcaan is going to endorse it and say, 'Yes my girl you're wearing the flag and you're wearing it well,' let her live her best life, leave her alone. We love Adele."

The district of Tottenham boasts one of London's largest populations of Afro-Caribbean people.

The MP for Tottenham, David Lammy, has also defended Adele from her critics and praised the singer for engaging with Jamaican culture.

Lammy wrote on Twitter: "Poppycock! This humbug totally misses the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival and the tradition of 'dress up' or 'masquerade'.

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"Adele was born and raised in Tottenham she gets it more than most. Thank you Adele. Forget the Haters."

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

Featured Image Credit: Adele/Instagram

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity, Adele

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Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.