Piers Morgan defends Adele over cultural appropriation claims as he brands them ‘absolute guff’

PIERS Morgan has defended Adele by slamming cultural appropriation claims as "absolute guff".

The singer received a backlash on social media for wearing her hair in bantu knots while in a Jamaican bikini.

The 32-year-old paid tribute to Notting Hill Carnival in a snap on Instagram but it was met with a degree of outrage.

However, Piers, who returned to GMB today with Susanna Reid after a summer in the south of France, was having none of it.

"A load of absolute guff," he vented. "I think cultural appropriation is guff. She’s paying tribute. She's celebrating Jamaican culture."

Other high profile names have leapt to her defence including Naomi Campbell, Alexandra Burke and MP David Lammy.

Adele showed off her stunning seven stone weight loss in the snap, which saw her celebrate her festival vibe with a yellow feather headdress and high-waisted leggings.

She captioned the photo, which appeared to have been taken during a holiday: "Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London."

Some fans were concerned Adele had been "insensitive" by wearing her hair in bantu knots – a hairstyle associated with people of African descent.

One follower wrote "Unfollowing tonight. Please note that I’m from London. While it may appear cute to some, to show this type of appreciation, it’s not.

"Many Black and Latina ladies have been denied/fired from jobs and young children sent home from school with hairstyles like this. This has happened in the UK, the US and other countries abroad. I’m not a fan."

Another added: "Caribbean’s need to come to America/ Canada to see how they really treat us over here before saying that we’re only tripping over a hairstyle!!

"They wouldn’t even hire us or yet alone look at us if we came in with our hair looking like that , that’s the problem … they hate all of us but will put up a front on vacay tho."

Someone else said: "No sis…. we love you but don’t appropriate people’s culture."

Another upset fan wrote: "Black hairstyles are not for white people to steal during festival season or ever!"

There were tens of thousands of comments from followers who were furious at the star.

Despite the backlash, some fans rushed to Adele's defence calling it cultural "appreciation" instead.

One wrote: "If you see this Adele, just know that not a single Jamaican or any other TRUE Caribbean is offended. Especially not during a carnival. Live your best life beauty! TUN UP! And Big up yuhself yes!!!"

Another added: "Some of you need to learn the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. We honestly have bigger fish to fry as a community."

Cultural appropriation is when someone from one culture adopts elements of another.

Notting Hill Carnival is one of London's most popular annual events and would have taken place this weekend had the coronavirus pandemic not struck.

Its origins date back to the 60s when it first took place to celebrate Caribbean culture.

But this year the celebrations have been moved online for the first time, due to the pandemic.

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