Bantu Do or Don't: Fans Tied in Knots Over Adele's Hairstyle Controversy

Adele's new look has people divided

August 31, 2020

Adele caused quite the social media frenzy this weekend, and unfortunately not the good kind. Fans were in a bit of an uproar at her hairstyle, seen in her most recent Instagram post.

In the pic, Adele is seen wearing Bantu knots and a Jamaican flag bikini top marking the Notting Hill Carnival, which would usually take place around this time, but however was shifted to an online event this year, as a result of COVID-19. "Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London," the English singer wrote in her caption.

Despite her good intentions, with the post, came a stream of backlash in the form of comments accusing the GRAMMY-winning singer of cultural appropriation. One follower said, "black women are discriminated against for wearing cultural hairstyles like bantu knots and locks but white people are not, that’s not fair and that’s why people are pissed off."

An additional, straying from the comments section, taking their remarks to Twitter, "If 2020 couldn't get anymore bizarre, Adele is giving 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."

However, with the swarm of negative comments, came a few positive ones. One said, "I’m from the Caribbean and this is why we have festivals/carnival. For others to appreciate and celebrate our culture. Nothing inappropriate here." Another insisted, "WE LOVE SEEING OUR FLAG EVERYWHERE!!!! This made me smile. It shows the impact my little island has on the whole world. How influential we truly are."

A few celebs chimed in in support as well. Lisa Rina hyped up the star, commenting "You just broke that internet Henny 💖🙌🏼." And Naomi Campbell with a lineup of emojis, "♥️🇯🇲♥️."

The very first celebration of the Notting Hill Carnival went down in 1966, organized by activist Rhaune Laslett. Her intention was to create a celebration that brought different cultures together and encouraged integration in the neighborhood's diverse community.

According to journalist Jemele Hill, that's exactly what Adele did. "The Notting Hill Carnival that takes place at this time of year is a celebration of West Indies heritage in London/UK. Adele grew up in Tottenham, one of the largest Jamaican diasporas in the UK. This seems a strange thing for Americans to now get offended about."

No comments or responses from Adele or her reps have yet to be made.

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