Days after members of the Mu-slim community expressed their outra-ge over Rihanna featuring a sampling of an Isl-amic text in her l!ngerie fashion show, the singer is responding to the backla-sh.
The Fenty Beauty mogul apologized for what she called an “honest, yet careless mistake” on Tuesday, following the release of Sav-age X Fe-nty Volume 2, the second edition of her all-inclusive fashion presentation, which debuted Friday on Amazon Prime.
Fans called out Rihanna for including Coucou Chloe’s track “Doom,” which contained a remixed recording of Isla-mic ha-dith ― religious texts that represent teachings and sayings attributed to the Pro-phet Muha-mmad ― as part of the soundtrack to the show.
The sampling appears to be taken from a rec-itation by Kuwaiti Imam Mishary bin Rashid Alafasy, according to Time.
“I’d like to thank the Mu-slim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offe*sive in our Sav-age X Fenty show,” the singer wrote in a statement on Instagram stories, which was shared across her various social media accounts. “I would more importantly like to apologize for this honest, yet careless mistake.We understand that we have h*rt many of our Mu-slim brothers and sisters, and I’m incredibly di*heartened by this.”
“I do not play with any kind of d!srespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of this song in our project was completely irresponsible,” she concluded. “Moving forward, we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again.”Chloe has since announced she’s working on removing the song from all streaming platforms.In a statement on Monday, the music producer also apologized for any h*rt she’s ca-used, explaining she was “not aware that these samples used text from an Isl*mic Ha-dith” after finding them online.
“I take full responsibility for the fact I did not research these words properly and want to thank those of you who have taken the time to explain this to me,” Chloe wrote on Twitter.The backlash to the inclusion of the song and the fashion show’s perceived use of Isl-am as just an aesthetic has been bubbling among the Muslim community online over the weekend with many fans expressing their disappointment.Many have come to know Rihanna as the queen of inclusivity, as she’s so-ught to revolutionize the beauty and fashion worlds by highlighting an array of bo-dy si-zes, r*ces and gender identities in her brand.
rihanna is responsible for this even if she didn’t choose the music. she hired her team and she must’ve heard the songs beforehand and just because she’s rihanna doesn’t give her a free pass to disrespect a religion pic.twitter.com/V2oZErQhOg
— Maria (@selenarules6) October 4, 2020
Ahead of the show, the singer explained that she aimed for “completely extreme levels of inclu-sivity” in the recent fashion show with a focus on women who “aren’t usually projected as se*y, but they are.”“I’m so focused on that and making women, not just anyone but everyone feeling invited, welcomed,” she told E! News last week. “Sav-age is a home, it’s a hu-b and it’s a safe space for everyone.”
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