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.”
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.
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.
Q. Were Adele’s Bantu knots a cultural appropriation or appreciation?
Yes, it was in bad taste.
No, I was just celebrating African culture.
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