09-04-2020, 02:36 PM
Singer Adele stirred up controversy after wearing her hair in buntu knots and ® Kim Kardashian in her maang tikka
Pop star Adele is in the eye of a storm and it’s got nothing to do with her music. The multi-Grammy award-winning singer, who's lost a lot of weight, posted a picture of herself, dressed in a Jamaican-flag string bikini top and hair done in bantu knots, to mark what would have been the Notting Hill Carnival in London. While the photo has got 5.1 million likes and counting, it's also going viral for another reason. Accused of cultural appropriation in her outfit and hair, she has been panned for trying to use an Afro hairstyle. However, she is not alone. Celebrity-dom is rife with examples of stars borrowing elements of religion, race, style, music or even, language, without sensitivity to what they may represent. Here's a round-up of other famous names that faced a similar backlash...
WHY: For wearing a maang tikka
Kim Kardashian had to deal with this issue in April, when she donned a gold maang tikka and traditional Indian jewellery with her grey crop-top and figure-hugging skirt. The reality TV star was accused of appropriating Indian culture when she shared the pictures online. One netizen posted: “The fact that you live off of appropriating other cultures without any shame is mind boggling to me.” Another added: “As being someone who comes from a South Asian background seeing Kim Kardashian wearing a TIKKA pisses me off. My culture isn’t your ‘aesthetic’ or ‘style’, so please show some respect and not use it for you to model in. Cultural appropriation is not okay.”
WHY: Her video portrayed Indian montages
Here’s someone else who faced flak for channeling the desi look in her music. In January 2016, Beyoncé and Coldplay’s Hymn for the Weekend was at the receiving end of the fury of Indians online. Her video featured a Bollywood actress in traditional Indian dress with henna et al and the video had other montages that were said to be Indian stereotypes.
WHY: She wore her hair in cornrows
'Little Women' actress Florence Pugh took to her Instagram account to apologise for having worn her hair in cornrows and braids as a teenager. The 24-year-old actress shared a three-page-statement post the killing of George Floyd, and her comments acknowledged white privilege.
WHY: For dressing up like a Geisha
Singer Katy Perry sparked controversy when she wore a geisha-inspired outfit for the American Music Awards 2103 with a rendition of Unconditionally. She also got people talking for the way she wore her hair in her This Is How We Do video. She also faced flak for her video Dark Horse which was replete with symbols inspired by Ancient Egypt. The singer has been criticised for being racist and even called the worst cultural appropriator. Katy has since apologised for instances where she was accused of cultural appropriation, reportedly saying she had “made mistakes.”
WHY: She flaunted a ‘Bronx Girl Magic’ tee
Jennifer Lopez ruffled feathers this January when she shared a selfie in a T-shirt that said, ‘Bronx Girl Magic’. The actor and singer was accused of appropriating black culture. Social media users were quick to react with one saying, “Always stealing from black girls. Nothing new. Nothing innovative.” Another added, “Jennifer Lopez culture appropriating a** really out here wearing a shirt that says Bronx Girl Magic.”
WHY: Her Japanese tattoo
Pop star Ariana Grande has also been called out for cultural appropriation, when she wore black and queer culture outfits for her Sweetener tour, last year. She also faced public ire for wearing a ring tattoo, which was meant to read ‘7 Rings’ written in kanji letters (a script used in Japanese language) as a nod to her song by the same name. But something went wrong somewhere and it actually got translated to read, ‘BBQ grill’. The singer responded saying, “I can’t read or write kanji obviously. What do you want me to do?”