Rihanna faces backlash after the use of a song that contained a narration of the Islamic Hadith during her Savage X Fenty show.
The style icon unveiled her latest looks from her lingerie line on Friday (Oct. 2) during the second installment of her Amazon Prime fashion show. During the showcase, rapper Rico Nasty was introduced while the song titled “Doom” played.
Created by London-based producer Coucou Chloe, the track featured a reading of the sacred text, which contains the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. Many Muslims felts their religion was being exploited.
“I feel like islamophobia is so normalized to the point where people are calling us dramatic for being mad when our religion gets disrespected?” wrote a Twitter user. “Hadith are sacred words of the prophet, they’re used to guide Muslims & are second to only the Quran. Rihanna should know better.”
Another social post said the diverse show, that featured Paris Hilton, Indya Moore, Paris Hilton, Bella Hadid, Big Sean, and more, “alienated Muslims.”
“Rihanna’s show was supposed to be a keystone for ‘inclusion’ …disrespecting a Hadith recitation is the perfect showcase of how fashion brands & the media have never considered us as a part of their audience,” said the user.
The Fenty founder took to Instagram to apologize to the Muslim community for the “unintentionally offensive” song played during the Savage X Fenty Show.
“I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our Savage X Fenty show,” said Rihanna on her IG 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 sister, and I’m incredibly disheartened by this!”
She also adds that she “[does] not play” with any form of “disrespect toward God or any religion and reiterated that the highly criticized song choice was completely irresponsible.”
Previously, Rihanna had been applauded by Muslim fans for featuring a hijab-wearing model in ads for Fenty makeup.
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