In defence of Adele’s ‘cultural appropriation’ — It’s time to accuse the accusers

British musician Adele was recently accused of cultural appropriation over an Instagram picture in which she sported a traditional African hairstyle known as Bantu knots. One tweet claimed that this was “cultural appropriation that nobody asked for”, adding the sweeping generalisation that “this officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic.” Another advocated “jail” with “no parole” for her Bantu knots crime as Black British public figures like Tottenham MP David Lammy and model Naomi Campbell came to the singer’s defence. Most of the fuss appears to have been generated in the US.

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