Fans Defend Adele Against Recent Cultural Appropriation Picture — Call It Cultural Appreciation Instead
It seems like every time Adele posts a selfie, she makes headlines. But this time the singer who is not often posting on social media posted a picture that shocked the entire world. In the picture, the singer is wearing a Jamaican flag printed bikini top with a yellow feathered headdress. Her hair was also styled in Bantu knots.
Some Fans Think Adele Is Appropriating Black Culture
“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,” said the caption on her post. The Notting Hill Carnival is the second largest carnival in the world that takes place in west London. It celebrates Caribbean culture and interracial tolerance and was held virtually this year due the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This photo had the entire world buzzing about cultural appropriation, “the unacknowledged or inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, etc. of one people or society by members of another and typically more dominant people or society.” Bantu knots are a hairstyle that is deeply rooted in black culture and has been around for centuries. There has always been quite a stigma surrounding Bantu knots with white celebrities praised for wearing them because it is seen as “bold” or a “risk.” But historically, black women have been told that they look “unprofessional.”
For this very reason, many people took issue with Adele’s post. “Black Culture is not a costume. This is appropriation” said one person on Instagram. “Naw sis you know you messed up on this one. This is not the move” said another. “People are definitely showing favoritism towards Adele. Which is weird because at the end of the day she’s still a white woman. & She doesn’t get a pass for appropriation. She can appreciate a culture without the cultural hairstyle” said another. Others were very upset saying “I’m upset about Adele wearing the Bantu knots in her head. It’s cultural appropriation and it’s not cute.”
Others Think She Is Appreciating And Celebrating Black Culture
There were also many fans who took no issue with Adele’s latest look. “Can the real Jamaicans speak up!!!! WE DON’T CARE!!! YOU GO ADELE!!! Jamaica to the world” said one fan on Instagram. “I love it. As an ACTUAL Jamaican from the ACTUAL Caribbean, I love it! Its an appreciation of our culture. For everyone that has an issue with it, just know, we Caribbean people are cool with it. So y’all can calm down and leave her alone” said another. “I mean as Indonesian I put it this way: if Adele came to an Indonesian carnival wearing sanggul and kebaya I wouldn’t be mad. She’s celebrating with us!” said another. Another fan said, “I’m Jamaican and we are not mad at allllllll love you bad Gyal.” Others thanked her “for wearing our colors, thank you for embracing our culture.”
Was Adele Just Trying To Show Off Her Weight Loss?
Adele has noticeably showed off her slimmer body over the past year. After doing the sirtfood diet, the singer has lost close to 100 pounds. Sirtfoods are foods that can activate proteins in your body called sirtuins. These proteins can reduce your stress and stop inflammation. A diet that can decrease your stress? It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Eating sirtfoods can also boost your metabolism. This is very important since you rely on your metabolism to breathe, digest foods and regulate body temperatures among other things. The sirtfood diet allows you to reduce your calories and also just eat really healthy food.
Do you think Adele was celebrating black culture or appropriating it? Or was it just merely a way for her to show off her dramatic weight loss?