Adele has done it again. Every time she posts a new picture to Instagram, the internet melts down, only this time, it wasn’t over her skinnier body. This time Adele was dragged for looking like if Cynthia from Rugrats cosplayed as Scary Spice. 32-year-old Adele posted a picture to Instagram that was meant to commemorate the annual Notting Hill Carnival Festival in London, and in it, she wore Bantu knots and a Jamaican flag bikini. And while many accused her of cultural appropriation, I’m sure Katy Perry was calling 911 over Adele stealing her face.
The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual cultural festival celebrating Caribbean heritage. It was supposed to be last weekend, but of course, coronavirus happened so that was canceled. Adele, for one, was saddened to have missed out on the party and she wanted to wish everyone a good day and celebrate in spirit. And the picture immediately got Adele trending all night and probably not in the way she wanted.
Some celebrities commented like Naomi Campbell who added several Jamaican flag and heart emojis, and Lisa Rinna wrote:
“You just broke that Internet, Henny.”
And Zoe Saldana commented:
“You look right at home guurrrl.”
“Right at home?” She looks like Monica when the Friends went to Barbados. But listen, the internet had a field day with this shit:
adele said "HELLO PON DI OTHER SIDE" pic.twitter.com/J8usxI2Fw6
— ͏ (@ayce24s) August 30, 2020
Nah Adele is wylin now 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/RKRjUkeaWY
— Barney Humble (@Sir_Blizeek) August 31, 2020
Others got mad at Adele, calling her out for cultural appropriation. The pic even got Chet Hanks trending again on Twitter because we will never forget the absolute insanity of the Jamaican patois accent coming from his American white boy mouth. BIG UP! But Adele also had plenty of defenders who explained that it’s tradition for people to dress up at the festival and many African people (who originated the Bantu hairstyle) and Jamaican people saw no issue with her choice of outfit:
Poppycock! This humbug totally misses the spirit of Notting Hill Carnival and the tradition of “ dress up” or “ masquerade” Adele was born and raised in Tottenham she gets it more than most. Thank you Adele. Forget the Haters. https://t.co/sabpPPRtID
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) August 31, 2020
White ppl are offended by Adele and "cultural appropriation" but they don't care about the opinions of Jamaicans and Bantu people who don't see cultural appropriation and are not offended.
Cancel culture is bullshit. pic.twitter.com/B5diSrjjbw
— – (@roughspoken) August 31, 2020
Who knows if Adele’s carnival look was a one-time thing or if she’s planning to record a reggae album with Chet Hanks. It seems like Adele meant for that picture to be a thirst trap and didn’t expect for people to call her out for giving us “if balegdah was a look” fuckery. And now that the words “CANCEL ADELE!” have been typed on Twitter, it’s time to officially hit the reset button on 2020.