“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,” she wrote, alongside a photo of herself that was apparently taken at least year’s event.
The photo shows the “Hello” singer wearing Bantu knots and a Jamaican flag bikini, as well as acid-wash leggings and a yellow feathered headdress.
Adele was swiftly mocked and called “problematic” on Twitter.
Her hairstyle posed one major concern: As HuffPost’s Dana Oliver notes, Bantu knots are said to have originated centuries ago with the Zulu tribes in southern Africa and are rooted in Black culture.
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“If 2020 couldn’t get anymore bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for,” journalist Ernest Owens wrote on Twitter.
“This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic. Hate to see it.”
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Adele’s bikini posed a second issue: Although Notting Hill Carnival’s original purpose was to celebrate Caribbean culture and encourage British unity, Adele is decidedly not Jamaican.
Her decision to wear the country’s flag has sparked confusion and many memes, including dancehall-inspired versions of her popular songs.
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Popular stand-up comedian Jaboukie Young-White even posted a mock video captioned, “adele’s hairstylist waiting to go home,” which featured a popular Spongebob meme wearing a rastacap.
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Representatives for Adele did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.