Adele has been accused of “cultural appropriation” following her latest Instagram update which includes a picture of the singer wearing a traditional African hairstyle.
Adele shared a picture of herself wearing a Jamaican flag bikini and Bantu knots, which are small coiled buns typically associated with people of African descent.
The singer captioned the post: “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London.”
Social media users have accused Adele of cultural appropriation for using the hairstyle.
A Twitter user said: “If 2020 couldn’t get anymore 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.”
Writing in the comments section of the Instagram post, a user said: “Bantu knots are NOT to be worn by white people in any context, period.”
However, many social media users have come to Adele’s defence, arguing she was free to wear her hair however she liked.
Supermodel Naomi Campbell, whose mother was born in Jamaica, also commented with two love heart emojis and two pictures of the Jamaican flag.
Jamaican musician Popcaan shared a fist emoji and a love heart.
And actress Tessa Thompson, who stars in sci-fi TV series Westworld, commented with a flame emoji.
The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event that celebrates black culture, but this year it moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic.