Adele's Instagram Tribute to Notting Hill Carnival Causes Social Media Frenzy

Adele trended on Twitter on Sunday evening after posting a picture on her Instagram account as a tribute to London's annual Notting Hill Carnival.


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A few months ago, Adele posted an Instagram picture that appeared to show her pretty substantial weight loss. This picture (again, an Instagram picture) kicked off a debate over whether it was cool to celebrate her weight loss due to it potentially indicating that there was something wrong with her before. There was probably more nuance to it, but normal people usually "x" out of a tab while scrolling down and saying some variation of "oh man, I'm not reading all of that" on many of the internet's thinkpieces. 

Still, the majority vibe seemed to be positive (I mean it got more than 12 million IG likes). For celebrities—and their publicists—that would seem to indicate a win.

Fast forward to Sunday and Adele's newest post is also getting attention of the trending-on-Twitter variety. As you may know, that can often suck. The post, which we'll embed in a second, had the singer rocking a Jamaican flag-themed bikini top with her hair up in Bantu knots. It's clear from that caption that it's a tribute to London's annual Notting Hill Carnival, which was called off in 2020 due to COVID. Peoplesays the event "celebrates Black and Caribbean culture in the U.K." While TMZ says the picture was probably taken at last year's fest.

*Stops stalling* Here it is:

In addition to the people who reacted positively (I mean, 2.8 million 'likes' and counting is better than most of us do), the image was commented upon by a lot of Twitter users, most of whom fell into camps of: claiming cultural appropriation, claiming cultural appreciation, saying she kind of looks like Katy Perry, remixing her music, or just general ball-busting/roasting. Here's an extended sample:

To the people pretending to be woke and dragging Adele... if u’re not Jamaican pls stfu

— 𝔰³⁰▽🍷 (@CIWYW25) August 31, 2020

Adele went from “ hello ” to “ how yuh tek suh long fi ansa the bloodclaat phone”

— ten (@lilempt) August 31, 2020

Adele said she was Rolling Pon De Deep

— Haitian fish from spongebob (@301mair) August 31, 2020

left is Adele and right is Katy Perry, check your eyes if you think they are the same person

— lukas (@lukasperry) August 30, 2020

Adele's new video Rolling in the Deep:

— S I L Λ Ξ R H ∆ Z Ξ (@SupSilverHaze) August 31, 2020

Adele went from Hello to Wagwan

— Amz🌻 (@Real_Amy_Jones) August 30, 2020

Adele is like one animorph away from being Katy Perry.

— Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) August 30, 2020

To all the ignorant non Jamaicans dragging Adele for supporting the Jamaican culture, sit down! You don’t speak for us! We are proud of Adele! Nuff respeck to her!

— Francine Braverman-Iacovou (@fogartyny1) August 31, 2020

“We have to cancel Adele for culture appropriation”


— 🆄🆂🅷🅰⚕️ (@ushanotusher) August 31, 2020

No one.

Absolutely not a fucking soul.

Nary a person.


— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 30, 2020

This year just won’t let up.

— Saeed, Or The Other One (@theferocity) August 30, 2020

Y’all...let me find out Adele is dropping that reggae album before Rihanna

— ʙʀᴇᴛᴛɴᴏғᴜᴄᴋs 🗯 ♎︎ (@brettnofucks) August 31, 2020


— abi ⁷ 🌷 (@shadesofluvv) August 30, 2020

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