Adele in Hot Water After Posing in Jamaican Swimsuit and Bantu Knots

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Yesterday afternoon, Adele got major heat from the social media world after posting a picture of herself in a Jamaican flag bikini and bantu knots captioning it, “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London ????????????????.”


The 32 year-old singer was giving an homage to last year’s Notting Hill Carnival in London with a throwback post. The Notting Hill carnival has been a staple street festival in London since 1966, becoming the largest in all of Europe. It is a celebration of Caribbean culture and traditions as it fills the streets of London each year. In 2019, Adele was in attendance, showing off her new body in a tiny bikini and feathers. If only it were that simple, but, like all of 2020, it was not. Her bikini featured the Jamaican flag, and her blonde hair was twirled in tight bantu knots, a traditional African hairstyle. 

The Controversy 

People are frustrated at what seems to be, another white celebrity using Black culture for fun. This is hardly the first time this has happened in 2020. In March, the culture appropriation queen herself, Kim Kardashian West wore braids to a Yeezy show, after several claims of blackface in her previous work. So why can these celebrities not seem to see the problem before making such loud fashion calls?

Fans and concerned people alike, took to twitter to voice their frustration with the look. This has resulted in the #adeleisoverparty hashtag trending.


Some even claimed that this was not the first time Adele has appropriated Black culture bringing up her career as a vocalist.


Many people over Twitter and Instagram are rightfully upset about this non-apologetic post that still has not been addressed by the ‘Rolling In The Deep’ singer. People are tired of seeing White celebrity after White celebrity, take Black culture as their own.

Appropriation vs Appreciation

But there also seems to be another side: her fans praising her outfit that see it more as appreciation over appropriation. Some people in the comments were excited to see her celebrating Caribbean culture during the festival’s 53rd celebration. Many felt empowered that she partook in bringing the traditions to life.


The comment section under Adele’s post has become a controversial comment battleground between those who support her questionable choice and those who condemn her. Even celebrities are becoming involved. Big names like Chelsea Handler and Zoe Saldana have commented on her post with affirming statements such as “Oh, yeah, baby” and “you look right at home guurrrl.” In fact, the majority of her comments are fairly uplifting toward her, with many Jamaican fans leaving the Jamaican flag emoji, smiley faces and hearts.

The backlash seems to be more prominent on Twitter, some even turning the post into memes.


Other Twitter users would rather take this time to discuss how we can do better in the future rather than create hate in the current events ensuing. This seems to be the message of many people on both platforms: education over cancelation. The argument questions who should hold who accountable and what is deemed unforgivable, or in this case, “cancelable.”

The topic of cancel culture is another conversation to be had when it comes to powerful celebrities like Adele, who we know will be well-off despite any changes in her career caused by this mishap.

We will wait to see if Adele speaks on the controversy caused by her post, and if she chooses to leave the picture on Instagram. This is not the first time a beloved celebrity has sparked chaos because of a controversial, culturally appropriative fashion choice, and she won’t be the last. With the resources to educated themselves, it remains a mystery why these missteps continue to occur.

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