Adele's Latest Instagram Has Sparked A Huge Controversy Among Her Fans

Korin Miller
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From Women's Health

  • Adele's latest Instagram post has sparked a controversy among commenters.

  • In the photo, she wears bantu knots and a Jamaican flag bikini in tribute to the cancelled Notting Hill Carnival.

  • Some thought her hairstyle was cultural appropriation, while others said it was cultural appreciation.

Adele shared a photo of herself on Instagram in tribute to a cancelled Carnival festival in the United Kingdom, and it quickly became controversial.

The post, which was in tribute to the Notting Hill Carnival, which celebrates Caribbean and Black culture in the U.K., was cancelled due to COVID-19, per the BBC. In the pic, Adele wore a Jamaican flag bikini top and Bantu knots, a traditional African hairstyle.

"Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London 🇬🇧🇯🇲," she wrote in the caption.

The Instagram post sparked a controversy among commenters. “You took it far with the Bantu knots,” one person wrote. “When will you white girls learn to leave our sh*t alone?? Just because you grew up In Tottenham does not make you entitled to appropriate our culture.”

“*Sigh* Can you STOP appropriating other cultures. It’s sick and racist,” another said.

“We can agree to disagree on whether this was cultural appropriation (personally I think it is) But MORE IMPORTANTLY, she could have used this as an opportunity to highlight actual Black Jamaican people and Jamaican beauty! Not her own. This was a self absorbed and tone deaf move,” someone else wrote.

But others, including those who said they were Jamaican in the comments, defended Adele and urged her not to remove the photo. “Can the real Jamaicans speak up!!!! WE DON'T CARE!!! YOU GO ADELE!!! Jamaica to the world 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲,” one person wrote.

“Its not cultural appropriation its cultural appreciation theres a difference,” another said.

“Lemme say as a Jamaican.. And a person who wore this style as a child growing up.. Long before it blew up and ppl started rocking it... That we don't give a damn about it... We're happy she's out here living her best life.... You look great hun.... Y'all better hop off your high horses and acknowledge that she slayin,” someone else said.

Others said the backlash showed a glaring difference between British and American culture. “Adele, we the sane people of England, who understand the context of this picture are telling you PLEASE DO NOT take down this picture!!! ❤️❤️❤️,” one person said.

“Dear black Americans when did y’all start to become the cultural appropriation police,” someone else wrote. “Y’all do this everytime there’s a carnival that happens or say ignorant remarks towards each so I’m confused as to why having little to no knowledge of ones culture why would you comment ON SOMETHING THATS NOT EVEN HAPPENING IN OUR OWN COUNTRY we don’t even know the customs in the UK so please let’s worry about getting rid of this COVID because we are seriously lacking.”

Adele hasn’t publicly commented on the backlash.

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