Adele causes a stir as she wears Bantu knots to celebrate Notting Hill carnival
Adele has divided fans as she donned a Jamaican flag bikini top and Bantu knots to celebrate what would have been the Notting Hill Carnival this weekend.
The Hello hitmaker, who was raised in Tottenham, London, but is based in Los Angeles, uploaded a shot of herself in perhaps what would have been her festival getup, had the iconic west London celebration not been cancelled for the first time in its 50-year history.
Notting Hill Festival – which celebrates Caribbean and Black culture in the UK – moved online this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, however that didn’t stop many from dressing up and celebrating from afar. Including Adele.
Rocking the top and a pair of grey workout tights, the 32-year-old star also donned a yellow, feathered headdress as she wrote alongside the snap: ‘Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London 🇬🇧🇯🇲.’
It seems that every time Adele uploads a shot to Instagram – cue birthday post, cue Glastonbury post – it breaks the internet, and this time is no exception.
However, with this particular moment came a divisive fanbase – with many cheering on the star, but others also accusing her of cultural appropriation.
Some took the mickey out of the singer for wearing Bantu knots – which are small coiled buns typically associated with people of African descent – by comparing her to Chet Hanks, who caused a stir when he attempted to speak Patois yet again earlier this year.
Meanwhile, others took the opportunity to have a little fun in the meme department.
Naomi Campbell added two love hearts and two Jamaican flag emojis: ‘♥️🇯🇲♥️🇯🇲,’ while Chelsea Handler simply wrote: ‘Oh, yeah, baby!’
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