On August 31, 2020, Adele set the internet ablaze with a post that stirred up a lot of controversies. The post on her Instagram features the ‘Hello’ singer dressed in a Jamaican flag bikini and her hair is tied up in ‘Bantu knots.’
Along with these accessories, Adele showed off a set of yellow feathers behind her head. The singer also donned tye-dye leggings which also raked in some controversy.
The post is captioned “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London.” This is a reference to the street festival that takes place every August in Notting Hill, London. However, this year’s festivities were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic and had been replaced with a virtual event.
The post has already amassed over 74,000 comments. These range from criticism towards what Adele is dressed in to praise about how stunning she looks.
Adele A Victim Of Backlash
Even though Adele might not have meant to hurt or offend anyone, she’s landed a great deal of backlash against her. The post even landed her on Instagram’s #trending list. People across social media have accused the ‘Rolling In The Deep’ star of cultural appropriation.
In the post, Adele wore the traditional Caribbean attire in tribute to the festival. The annual event celebrates Caribbean culture and interracial tolerance, and many have criticized her hairstyle and top for cultural appropriation.
Whether these people are right in their accusation of Adele or whether all this is just a misinterpretation of her true intentions remains a question that we can never fully know the answer to.
By: Aatira Kakroo