Singer came under fire for wearing an ''African American hairstyle''.

Adele has come under fire after sharing a photo on Instagram to mark what would have been the weekend of Notting Hill's famous annual carnival.

The singer was accused of cultural appropriation based on the hairstyle's she decided to don with her look.

In the photo, the British songstress is wearing a bikini top bearing the Jamaican flag, while her hair has been tied into bantu knots.

''Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival,'' my beloved London,'' she wrote in the caption.

After the post went live on Sunday night, people started calling out the Set Fire To The Rain hit maker out for 'stealing' a culture's hairstyle.

''No sister, we love you but don't appropriate people's culture,'' wrote one user. ''Black hairstyles are not for white people to steal during festival season or ever!'' virtually yelled another.

A third added, ''Unfollowing tonight. Please note that I'm from London. While it may appear cute to some, showing this type of appreciation is not. Many black and Latina ladies have been denied or fired from jobs and young children have been sent home from schools for hairstyles like these. 

This has happened in the UK, the US and other countries abroad. I'm not a fan.''

On the contrary, some fans felt that it couldn't be deemed 'cultural appropriation' if Adele just liked a hairstyle and decided to wear it.

''You guys are reaching! Nothing about her wearing bantu knots is 'cultural appropriation!' Maybe she just happened to love the style, ever think about that?

African-Americans wear all sorts of hair, from Asians to Hispanics, including blonde hair. Is it fair to say the same about you all?''

''These protective styles may have come from African-Americans but the same way, you all can rock our type of hair and style........... and we can do the same,'' they pointed out.

Sharing similar sentiments, another user added, ''Adele is clearly celebrating a culture that she admires and is in no way appropriating that culture. It's so trendy and clout-chasing for most of you to call it cultural appropriation. There are more pressing issues that you could be mad about.''

The event was due to take place between August 30 and August 31, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Ladbible. It is the first time that the legendary carnival has not gone ahead in more than 50 years.

The World Students Society thanks News Desk : The Express Tribune.


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