Rapper Cardi B apologises for depicting Hindu goddess in photo
The WAP singer had appeared on the cover of Footwear News in a similar pose as the Hindu goddess Durga, with multiple arms behind her.
Rapper Cardi B apologised for offending the Hindu community after she depicted the goddess Durga in a photoshoot for footwear magazine Footwear News.
In an Instagram Stories post on Nov 11, the WAP singer wrote: “Sorry guys. I didn’t mean to offend or disrespect anybody’s culture. I can’t change the passed (sic) but I’ll be more cautious for the future. Love you guys”.
Cardi B was accused of disrespecting the religion and of cultural appropriation when she appeared on the cover of the magazine in a sleeveless red dress and with multiple arms behind her, while holding a shoe. She was promoting her new Reebok collaboration.
Netizens called her out, with one user named Aadi listing what was wrong with the image, such as the fact that wearing shoes in a temple is prohibited, the goddess shouldn’t be used as an aesthetic and that the goddess should never be depicted bare-bodied.
In a video on Instagram Stories, Cardi B explained that she had been told by the creatives that she was “going to represent strength, femininity, liberation” and that was something she was all about. She added: “If people think I’m offending their culture or their religion, I want to say it was not my intent. I do not like offending anyone’s religion. I wouldn’t like it if someone did it to my religion”.
The magazine had shared the photo on their Instagram account in a now-deleted post. After the backlash, Footwear News issued an apology through People magazine. The magazine has since replaced the cover with a different photo of the rapper taken during the same photoshoot.
This isn't the first uproar in recent months over the misuse of a religious deity. In July, K-pop group Blackpink faced backlash for using a statue of a Hindu deity as a prop in their music video for How You Like That.
Cardi B apologizes for her Footwear News cover— Female Rap Room (@FemaleRapRoom) November 11, 2020
“I should’ve done my research, I’m sorry. I can’t change the past but I’m gonna do more research in the future” pic.twitter.com/2nnsGCGyYU