Multiple Award-winning British singer Adele made her fans go gaga on Instagram on Sunday after sharing a photo of herself wearing a Jamaican flag bikini top and a new hairstyle.
The singer’s hair was intricately twisted in a style similar to Bantu knots, adorned with bright yellow feathers behind her head.
“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,” the smiling star wrote Sunday night (Aug. 30), in tribute to the annual event. Her name trended on social media after she posted the image.
The singer however received some backlash from critics who called her “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.
“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.
Another follower wrote:
“Dear white people, please just be yourselves and stop it for good with cultural appropriation. Adele the bantu knots were unnecessary. The Jamaican flag bikini top was unnecessary… Please just stop it,”
However, other followers came to Adele’s defense.
“WE LOVE SEEING OUR FLAG EVERYWHERE!!!!” one person wrote in the comments. “This made me smile . It shows the impact my little island has on the whole world. How influential we truly are.”