Adele has sparked a debate over cultural appropriation after she shared a questionable photo to Instagram over the weekend.
The British singer posted a picture of herself in a Jamaican flag bikini and Bantu knots, a traditional African hairstyle, in recognition of an annual event celebrating Caribbean culture that had to move online this year due to the coronavirus.
“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,” she wrote.
People immediately began making jokes about Adele’s themed look.
And some excellent remixes of her music were inspired.
But the memes eventually turned into a debate over whether Adele’s look was cultural appropriation or cultural appreciation — and who had the right to decide.
Bottom line…it’s complicated, and people disagree on how to feel.
But as The Root’s Maiysha Kai points out, “anti-Blackness spans the globe, and hairstyles traditionally worn by Black people of every origin have been criticized, marginalized, and, in some cases, outright outlawed in deference to Eurocentric beauty ideals.”