Adele's Bantu Knots Spark a Heated Debate

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But to others, those accusations glossed over a key detail: Adele’s caption, in which she wished her “beloved London” a “happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival. ” The celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture, which members of the British West Indian community “founded to bring people together,” may be new to Adele’s American audience, but it’s one of Britain’s largest public events. “Poppycock! ” Tottenham’s Labour MP, David Lammy, tweeted of the criticism. “This humbug totally misses the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival and the tradition of ‘dress up’ or ‘masquerade. ’ Adele was born and raised in Tottenham [and] she gets it more than most. ” The singer Alexandra Burke also came to Adele’s defense: “As a Jamaican girl myself, my girl has grown up in Black culture,” she said during the BBC’s carnival tribute show the next morning. “People forget she’s from Tottenham.

To those behind the first wave of comments, this was cultural appropriation on the level of Zac Efron’s dreadlocks; Bantu knots are a traditional African hairstyle, and Adele, of course, is white. “As Adele ‘grew up around Black people’ and has ‘loads of Black friends’ she would have to know what kind of attention that outfit and hairstyle would bring,” the British comedian Ava Vidal tweeted. “Never mind appropriation, now we have to navigate around so much racist bullshit. ” Others simply joked that Adele was about to title her next album “Tirty Tree,” or posted clips of Brad Pitt bungling Jamaican patois in the 1998 film Meet Joe Black.

Eighteen hours later, the most popular of the post’s 88,500-plus comments are those coming to Adele’s defense. (Aside, perhaps, from Lisa Rinna’s remark that Adele “just broke that internet,” which has been liked nearly 18,000 times. ) Naomi Campbell, who is part Jamaican, commented two Jamaican flag and heart emojis, while the Jamaican singer Popcaan went with a heart and a Black raised fist. “You look right at home guurrrl,” Zoe Saldana wrote.

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