Adele Posts Herself in a Bikini, the Internet Flashes with 'Cultural Appropriation'

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Adele poses in the press room with the awards for album of the year for “25”, song of the year for “Hello”, record of the year for “Hello”, best pop solo performance for “Hello”, and best pop vocal album for “25” at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)


If you haven’t heard, singer Adele — who’s lost, according to one estimate, 150 lbs. — is making the news with a bikini pic.

It’s not for a reason you might guess — apparently, skimpy beachwear can be a weapon of wickedness.

The megastar’s in hot water for her swimsuit, and let this be a lesson to all you emotional dressers: If you’re in a funky mood, don’t let it show. Unless you’re from a funky place.

In your veins, that is.

On Sunday, Adele posted herself in a swimming top consisting of cups calling to the Jamaican flag.

In addition, the entertainer banded her hair into Bantu knots like these:

As per WikiHow, the noggin “knots are a cute, flirty style traditionally sported by African woman of certain cultural groups and some women of African descent. However, these knots work well with just about all hair types.”

Or maybe they don’t.

Trigger Warning — I give you indelicate Adele:


The outrage over cultural appropriation came quick, in part compliments of Forbes 30 Under 30 journalist Ernest Owens:

“If 2020 couldn’t get anymore bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for.”

It seems the girl’s graduated to that worst of all new things, the dreaded “P” word:


“This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic.”

As noted by People, a follower commented thusly:

“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.”

In reply to some likening her racial raze to black people straightening their hair, one Instagrammer fought ignorance:

“Woooow. I hate this world. People coming for black Americans… man, come live here in the US as a black American, then come talk to me. We lose jobs, get kicked out of school, sporting events [for] wearing our hair like this [because it’s] unprofessional. Its a slap in our [faces] when a white [woman] does it and gets praised. We wear these styles to protect our hair and to make it easier to deal with. Its part [of] our culture. We literally have [to] learn how to take care of our hair. Straightening our hair is not comparable. Thats just ignorant.”

Others addressed attempted comparisons:


This user was aghast:

The hoopla’s a hair-raising helping of where we are — violent mobs are in the streets, burning our cities; murders are rampant, robberies are up, and black-outfitted revolutionaries have declared themselves enemies of the Constitution.


Groups embraced by the media are applauding evil (Language Warning):

But despite a defunding of cops, a mob of another sort’s still ready to police the horrors of hair.


We’ve got some serious work to do, America.

Meanwhile, someone pointed out that Jamaica’s alright with Adele’s attire:

Back to moral equivalency, a few tweeters offered other examples of culture theft (which — of course — doesn’t exist, as no one owns an aesthetic):

And you wanted it, you got it:


Lastly, it may not directly apply, but how could I withhold this?

Ladies and gentleman, a reminder of how different the world once was:

Stay classy, RedStaters.

And safe from the mobs — all of them.



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