Rihanna is issuing an apology to the Muslim community after she was called out for using sacred Islamic verses in a song played at her recent fashion show.
The 32-year-old singer’s star-studded Savage X Fenty lingerie fashion show debuted on Amazon Prime on October 2 and while it was praised for its inclusivity, featuring models of different sizes, races, and genders.
But after the praise came criticism. Viewers took offense to a portion of the show in which models clad in lingerie danced to a song called “Doom” by London-based producer Coucou Chloe which featured someone reading the Hadith, the holy narrative of the Prophet Mohammad that is deeply revered by the Muslim community.
Becoming aware of the backlash, Rihanna took to her Instagram Story on Tuesday October 6 to issue an apology to her Muslim fans. “I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our savage x fenty show,” the music star wrote on her Instagram story.
“I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest, yet careless mistake. We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I’m incredibly disheartened by this!”
She continued: “I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible! Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding.”
— Savage X Fenty by Rihanna (@SavageXFenty) October 6, 2020
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