Adele caused a stir on social media Sunday after she posted a photo of herself on Instagram wearing a panto button, a Jamaican flag bikini, and other carnival outfits popular in Afro-Caribbean cultures.
“Fortunately, what will the Notting Hill Carnival be, my dear London?”, The English singer wrote in her caption, referring to the second largest carnival in the world, which is usually held in the streets of West London in this epoch.
In her post, the “Hello” singer wore a traditional African hairstyle with a bikini top to honor the carnival, which celebrates Caribbean culture and interracial tolerance. The event is said to have occurred on August 30 and 31, but it is completely hypothetical this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Soon the singer was accused of cultural appropriation by some users of her hairstyle and top.
Other users laughed at the Grammy award winner’s account and compared her appearance to Cynthia Pope from the Nickelodeon cartoon “Rugrats” and remixed her classic songs with dancehall and reggae beats.
The Notting Hill Carnival began its first concert in 1966 and was hosted by activist Rhaune Laslett, whose goal was to create a party that brings different cultures together and encourages integration into the neighborhood’s diverse community.