Rihanna has apologized after her Savage X Fenty ‘Volume 2’ fashion show sparked outrage among fans for using Islam as an “aesthetic”.
Millions of fans, myself included, were eager to tune in to Rihanna’s second annual Savage X Fenty Fashion Show which aired on Amazon Prime on Friday, October 2, as last year’s show was highly praised for. its bodily inclusion and diversity.
But upon listening, many were outraged to learn that one of the parade songs played on the show, called ‘Doom’ by London producer Cuckoo Chloe, included a remix of sacred Islamic verses, specifically l use of a hadith. narration on the “end
of the times ”and“ the day of judgment ”.
For those of you who may not know, hadith is a written record of the words, actions, and silent approvals of the Prophet Muhammad and his closest companions.
These scripts are considered extremely sacred to Muslims and are secondary to the Quran in terms of textual validity and authority.
Regarding this specific hadith used in the song, one Twitter user pointed out that this is a very specific hadith that anyone who mixes the song should go and get it.
Other fans were hurt, angry, and upset that Rihanna would allow something so sacred to the Muslim religion to be used on her show.
This person tweeted:
And this user wrote:
The backlash only intensified since Friday as fans waited for Rihanna to speak
on the matter, especially since the song has since been listed on the Savage x Fenty Volume 2 playlist on Amazon
On Monday morning, Coucou Chloe issued an apology in a series of tweets, writing:
She went on to say:
Some continued to argue that Rihanna shouldn’t be held responsible for this, as it was her team and the show’s producers who should take responsibility, however, those claims were also met with criticism as it’s Rihanna who calls the shots.
One user wrote:
This clearly wasn’t an issue Rihanna could just sit back and let her team handle, which is why she finally took action, as it was important to speak out on the issue.
In a statement shared on her Instagram story this morning, Rihanna started off by saying:
I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our SavageXFenty show
More importantly, Rihanna added:
I would 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!
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!
Rihanna finished out her apology by adding that moving forward, her team will QUOTE “make sure nothing like this ever happens again.”
In another response a fan posted of their DMs, Rihanna appeared to have messaged a fan back who was deeply hurt by the song.
She thanked the fan for reaching out and told them:
It’s been brought to our attention and we’re taking it out.
I obviously had no clue.
So I’m editing it out, but of course, you can’t take it back, ya know?
I just feel bad that I hurt people even though that was never my intention.
The Muslim community is hurt by me right now, so that’s the sad part
While Rihanna’s team is working to remove the song from their SavageXFenty playlist, it is important that we hold each other accountable when witnessing offensive cultural appropriation.
Most importantly, we need to continue to educate ourselves and others as much as possible, so speak out when you see something and keep sharing what you know to others who don’t.
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