Adele addresses Jamaican image of Bantu knots viral after being accused of cultural appropriation

In August of last year, the famous British singer Adele uploaded a photo of herself at the Notting Hill Carnival in London. However, several followers quickly retaliated, accusing the Oscar winner of cultural appropriation for combing her hair in Bantu knots.

While the carnival celebrated the community of the British West Indies, Adele was seen wearing a bikini with a Jamaican flag. The singer also wore a yellow feather headdress. His appearance drew criticism from fans, including journalist Ernest Owens. He tweeted,

“If 2020 couldn’t get any stranger, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that no one asked for.”

If 2020 couldn’t get any stranger, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that no one asked for. This officially marks all of the major white pop women as troublesome. I hate to see it. https://t.co/N9CqPqh7GX


This is what some followers who defended Adele’s appearance argued

Several followers came to his rescue claiming that it was not a cultural appropriation.

And I don’t think everything is appropriation of culture. When people complained about Adele for shaking the Bantu knots, I said that people were doing too much, it was not that. But from time to time you had nothing to say about your own bandmates’ experience with racism. You can skip it.

@MrErnestOwens London is not America. The Notting Hill Carnival was founded by a black member of the @communistsusa Claudia Jones who has been forgotten today with her friend Paul Robson. It was to unite all races to celebrate the culture of the West Indies.

@MrErnestOwens Americans confuse me because if she’s at a Jamaican event, she’s carrying the Jamaican flag, and she’s only doing it for that specific situation because she’s in a culture-embracing environment, then what exactly is appropriation like?

@MrErnestOwens There was no malice behind his gaze. It was a tribute to an annual festival held in London that she has been a part of for years.

@ScorpStarr I honestly don’t know, I don’t feel the outrage these black Americans feel when they see whites or Asians with braids … I remember when they came for Adele when she tied Bantu knots until Africans and Jamaicans told them to shut up. .. they just want to be outraged by anything in my opinion.

@MrErnestOwens Have you ever considered that people who reflect a style, a culture are a compliment? How do you like it and think it is beautiful? !!!

Black Brits a̶c̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶l̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶m̶o̶n̶k̶e̶y̶s̶ started a diaspora war for Adele last year only for her to basically say ‘yeah those Bantu knots weren’t, I’ll be real’

I just don’t understand how every time Adele comes back on the music scene, some of you automatically mention black women in R&B and lie about being unsupported and achieving. That speech is tired and it’s time to rest.

That day when Adele posted a photo with the Bantu knots it was so much fun until it somehow turned into a diaspora war.


What did Adele clarify about her 2020 Bantu Knots look?

Adele will be on the cover of the November 2021 issue of Vogue magazine and had a recent interview with the magazine prior to the release of her fourth album. 30, due next month. While being photographed and speaking with Vogue’s Steven Meisel, she spoke about the inspiration behind 30 and he remembered the Notting Hill Carnival incident.

The 15-time Grammy winner revealed that she doesn’t always get it right. She said,

“I could see comments like, ‘the nerve to not delete it,’ which I totally understand. But if I delete it, it’s me acting like it never happened.”

Adele further addressed the accusations against cultural appropriation saying:

“I totally understand why people felt it was appropriate … If you’re not dressed to celebrate Jamaican culture, and in so many ways we are so intertwined in that part of London, then it’s a bit like,” What are you coming for then? I didn’t read the damn room. “

Furthermore, the singer also revealed that she wore the Bantu knots to protect her afro hair, but apparently, it ruined her hair.

Bantu knots originated from the Zulu people of southern Africa, according to the beauty website Byrdie. The hairstyle is supposedly protective, but it can be harmful to the hair if the rollers are twisted too much. This likely happened to Adele, who said:

“She was wearing a hairstyle that is actually to protect her afro hair. It ruined mine, obviously.”

Although several people criticized those who criticized Adele’s choice of Bantu knots, the timing of the incident did not help Adele’s cause. During that time, the “Black Lives Matter” protests had a lot of traction after George Floyd’s death in May 2020.

Edited by Siddharth Satish

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