The Tottenham-born star drew criticism from some fans after sharing a photo on Instagram showing her in a Jamaican flag bikini top and with her hair in Bantu knots.
Along with the image that was taken in the singer’s garden in Beverly Hills, she wrote: “Happy what would be. Carnaval de Notting Hill my beloved London GBJM «.
Nonsense! This humbug totally misses the spirit of the Notting Hill Carnival and the tradition of ‘disguise’ or ‘masquerade’ Adele was born and raised in Tottenham, she gets it more than most. Thanks Adele. Forget the haters. https://t.co/sabpPPRtID
– David Lammy (@DavidLammy) 31 août 2020
The 2020 edition of West London’s traditional celebration of Caribbean and black culture took place remotely for the first time in its 50-year history due to coronavirus, with Adele was clearly keen to celebrate from his home in Los Angeles.
However, it was the 32-year-old star’s decision to wear Bantu knots – a traditional African hairstyle in which the hair is twisted into a series of small coiled updos – that led some to denounce the singer’s choice of costume.
One Twitter user wrote: “If 2020 couldn’t be more bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that no one asked for.
“This officially marks all of the best white women in pop as problematic. I hate to see him. ”
Another said: “If you haven’t got the cultural appropriation right, check out @ Adele’s latest Instagram post. She would have to go to jail without parole for that. ”
In the comments section of the Instagram post, one user said, “Bantu knots are NOT to be worn by white people in any context, period. “
If 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, Adele gives us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that no one asked for.
This officially marks all of the best white women in pop as problematic.
I hate to see him. pic.twitter.com/N9CqPqh7GX
– Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) August 30, 2020
Responding to reports of backlash on social media, Labor Tottenham MP David Lammy wrote on Twitter: “Poppycock! This fool totally lacks the spirit of the Notting Hill Carnival and the tradition of ‘dressing up’ or ‘masquerading’ Tottenham, she understands more than most. Thanks Adele. Forget the haters. ”
Commenting on the singer’s original post, supermodel Naomi Campbell, whose mother was born in Jamaica, commented with two love heart emojis and two Jamaican flag photos.
X Factor winner Alexandra Burke also remained loyal to Adele, telling the BBC’s Carnival tribute show: “I see the photo. She looks sexy. She obviously worked on her body, that’s a big problem for me. She looks good.
“As a Jamaican girl myself, my daughter grew up in black culture. People forget that she’s from Tottenham. She probably eats jerk chicken all the time like the rest of us.
“All I’m saying is the girl looked good, leave her alone.” Let her man. If Popcaan nods and says yes my daughter, you carry the flag and you wear it well. Let her live her best. life, leave her alone. We love Adele. ”
Many famous friends of the singer have also shown their support, with Jamaican musician Popcaan sharing a fist emoji and love heart, and Westworld actress Tessa Thompson commented with a flame emoji.
Guardians of the Galaxy star Zoe Saldana wrote, “You look right at home, guurrrl,” while US comedian Chelsea Handler commented, “Oh, yeah, baby! ”
Many fans also had positive words about her choices, with one writing: “To all the ignorant non-Jamaicans who are hanging out Adele for supporting Jamaican culture, sit down! You don’t speak for us!
“We are proud of Adele! Nuff repeck him! “
Another said: “How non-Jamaicans get angry with Adele when Jamaicans aren’t even angry themselves. It’s a normal carnival outfit. Let Adele sing HELLO PON DI ADA SIDE. ”
While a third commented, “I’m Jamaican, and I don’t mind at all. We have bigger things to worry about. The internet is a cesspool of people with too many thoughts.
“Go vote. Register to vote, focus on your sanity. This is not a problem. ”
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Adele’s Instagram account has already garnered a lot of attention this year, after the birthday image she shared in May showed a dramatic weight loss of around seven stones.
He came after the multi-Grammy award-winning star and Brit filed for divorce of her husband Simon Konecki last September, citing “irreconcilable differences”.
The couple have a son, Angelo, seven years old.
Sky News has reached out to Adele for comment.