Adele faced a barrage of abuse yesterday as a photo to celebrate Notting Hill Carnival saw her accused of “leeching off other people’s cultures”.
A lot of stars came out in force to back her for wearing a bikini showing the Jamaican flag and styling her hair in African Bantu knots.
Adele shared a photo with fans after the annual West London carnival was cancelled. She wrote: “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London.”
She was immediately accused on social media of “cultural appropriation”.
One user wrote: “This hair is totally unnecessary.”
“Bantu knots are not for you. Period.”
Another 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.”
Ernest Owens commented: “If 2020 couldn’t get anymore bizarre, Adele gives us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for.
“This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic. Hate to see it.”
Adele was supported by stars including Holly Willoughby, Naomi Campbell and Zoe Saldana.
During a debate on This Morning about Adele’s snap, Holly said: “Surely you’ve got to look at the intention of people who are doing it and her intention whilst posting that picture was just to celebrate something that she’s been part of for a very long time, which is the Notting Hill Carnival that she’s been to many, many times. Isn’t it about intent?”
Jamaican music star Popcaan replied to Adele’s picture with supportive fist and heart emojis.
Singer Alexandra Burke said: “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.”
“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.”
“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.”
David Lammy explained: “This humbug totally misses the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival and the tradition of ‘dress up’ or ‘masquerade’.