Adele Maybe Should Have Skipped This One

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Like everything in the Year of Our Lord 2020, London’s Notting Hill Carnival was canceled this past weekend. And to commemorate the otherwise annual West Indian celebration, Adele decided to dress up with Bantu knots, feathers, and a Jamaican flag print bikini top.


Personally would have skipped this look, TBH!

Though the outfit is intended in celebration, the internet helpfully pointed out that a white woman wearing Bantu knots—a traditional African hairstyle—is cultural appropriation.



As one commenter on Adele’s above Instagram photo pointed out: “black women are discriminated against for wearing cultural hairstyles like bantu knots and locs but white people are not, that’s not fair and that’s why people are pissed off.” So, yes, note to all fellow white women: honor Carnival respectfully, but leave the cultural appropriation at home, i.e. nowhere.



It was a weird post. It just didn’t have a good vibe and her facial expression looks uncomfortable. She definitely could have gone without posting this or, better yet, not having worn this outfit in the first place. Such odd choices overall because she doesn’t seem like she’d be that tone deaf.