What is Bantu Knots & Why is Adele Accused of Cultural Appropriation?

Adele has been accused of cultural appropriation after sharing a photo showing her in a Jamaican bikini top and with her hair in Bantu knots.

What is Bantu Knots and Why is Adele Accused of Culture Appropriation?
What is Bantu Knots and Why is Adele Accused of Culture Appropriation?

The 32-year-old posted the picture on Instagram, writing: “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London GBJM”.

The 2020 edition of west London’s traditional celebration of Caribbean and Black culture took place remotely for the first time in its 50-year history due to coronavirus, and Adele was clearly keen to celebrate from her home in LA.

But some fans were quick to criticise the Tottenham-born star’s decision to wear Bantu knots – a traditional African hairstyle in which the hair is twisted into a series of small coiled buns.

One Twitter user wrote: “If 2020 couldn’t get any more bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for.

“This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic. Hate to see it.”

Another said: “If you haven’t quite understood cultural appropriation, look at @Adele’s last Instagram post. She should go to jail no parole for this.”

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