Recently, Adele came under fire for after she shared a picture on her Insta account. People called her out for “cultural appropriation” because of her hairstyle in that picture.
In that picture, Adele is wearing a bikini top bearing a Jamaican flag and her hair are tied in ‘banty knots’.
Her caption said, “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London”.
People called her out for stealing a cultural hairstyle:
“No sis, we love you but don’t appropriate people’s culture”, “black hairstyles are not for white people to steal during festival season or ever”, were some of the comments.
Another person added, “Unfollowing tonight. Please note that I’m from London. While it may appear cute to some, showing this type of appreciation is not. Many Black and Latina ladies have been denied or fired from jobs and young children have been sent home from schools for hairstyles like these. This has happened in the UK, the US and other countries abroad. I’m not a fan.”
Some people also felt that this couldn’t be deemed as cultural appropriation:
“These Protective styles may have come from African Americans but the same way you all can rock our type of hair and style… we can do the same” and “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 could be mad about” were some things people said.