See Why Cardi B’s Footwear News Cover Drew Backlash And Apologies

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Is there a week were Cardi B isn’t apologizing for something or caught in a controversy? We don’t think so.

The American rapper recently ignited social media storm after appearing on the November cover of Footwear News to promote her upcoming collaboration. The backlash, however, stemmed from accusations of cultural appropriation.

On the cover, Cardi is pictured holding a sneaker and seemingly imitating the Hindu goddess Durga (who is traditionally depicted with eight to 10 arms) which led to social media users calling the cover disrespectful and accusing Cardi of “mocking” their culture.

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Responding to the accusations in an official statement on Wednesday, Footwear News wrote: “Yesterday we posted content from our exclusive Cardi B cover shoot. One of the images was intended to pay homage to Hindu goddess Durga, and our intent was to show a powerful woman. However, we realize we were not considerate of certain cultural and religious perspectives and how this could be perceived as deeply offensive.”

“”We take full accountability for this oversight and we apologize,” the outlet continued. “It is important we learn from this example and are sensitive to this sort of religious imagery when creative discussions are taking place in the future. Today, we’re releasing another cover from the shoot that was a subscriber exclusive.”

Earlier in the day, the ‘WAP’ rapper apologized for any offense she may have caused on her Instagram Story, admitting that she should have researched the concept before the cover shoot.

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“When I did the Reebok shoot, the creatives told me I was going to represent a Goddess; that she represents strength, femininity and liberation, and that’s something I love and I’m all about,” she explained.

“And though it was dope, if people think I’m offending their culture or their religion I want to say I’m sorry. That was not my intent. I do not like disrespecting nobody’s religion. I wouldn’t like people to offend my religion.”

She concluded, “I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful; maybe I should have done my research. I’m sorry, I can’t change the past, but I will do more research for the future.”

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