Adele and ‘Saturday Night Live’ face backlash over African sex tourism sketch

Adele and series regular Kate McKinnon have come under fire

Adele and Saturday Night Live have come under fire for a controversial sketch on October 24 in which the pop singer and series regular Kate McKinnon played white divorcees lusting over African men.

During her hosting debut on the popular programme, the singer performed a three-minute sketch in which she, McKinnon and later Heidi Gardner, made fun of white middle-aged divorcees who travel to the African continent for no-strings-attached sex.

Backed by a beach at sunset and walking toward the camera, Adele and McKinnon front a mock African Tourist Board ad encouraging women to visit for the scenery and X-rated attractions, boasting repeatedly about its “tribesmen” and “massive bamboos”.

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At one point, a shirtless Black man can be seen strolling into shot, arm-in-arm with an older white woman.

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Though Adele’s hosting efforts were largely praised, many have expressed their regret and surprise at Adele’s taking part in such a sketch, as CNN has pointed out.

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On Twitter, Vibe journalist Shenequa Golding commented that the skit was “tone def [sic], insensitive and inappropriate” given the current EndSARS protests taking place on the continent.

“Men and women in Nigeria, Namibia, South Africa and The Democratic Republic of the Congo are fighting for their lives and to reduce the continent as sexual destination for white women is shameful,” she wrote.

In September, Adele was hit by accusations of cultural appropriation after she shared a photo to Instagram in which she wore Bantu knots and a Jamaican flag bikini top, celebrating what would have been the weekend of the 2020 Notting Hill Carnival, an annual celebration of Black British culture.

“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,” Adele captioned the post, before signing off with the British and Jamaican flag emojis.

Many of Adele’s followers claimed that the artist’s choice of hairstyle – traditional among people of African descent – was exemplary of cultural appropriation.

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