Cardi B has apologized for a recent cover shoot that features her as the Hindu goddess Durga holding her new Reebok sneaker collection.
The recent cover shoot for a footwear magazine has the ‘WAP’ singer posing at Goddess Durga has outraged netizens specifically followers of Hinduism. The cover features rapper Cardi B with 10 arms, but instead of weapons, she is seen holding a shoe.
The rapper took to social media to apologize for the photo of her posing as Goddess Durga for the footwear magazine’s November 2020 edition.
In the video, the rapper said, “When I did the 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. And though it was dope, if people think I’m offending their culture or their religion I want to say that was not my intent. I do not like offending anyone’s religion; I wouldn’t like it if someone did it to my religion.”
She added, “When people dress as Virgin Mary and Jesus, as long as they do it in a beautiful, graceful way…. But 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.”
The magazine, Footwear News, explained Cardi B’s pose and wrote on Instagram, “…she pays homage to Durga, the Hindu goddess, whose symbols of protection and inner strength resonate as much in modern times as they have through the centuries. Like Durga, Cardi B is a dominant female voice at a critical time.”
Netizens, however, were unhappy with the concept of the photoshoot and called out the rapper for hurting sentiments.
One Twitter user wrote, “Cardi B did not pay ‘homage’ to the Hindu goddess Durga by holding a shoe in her hand, this is plain disrespect and in no way cultural appreciation. She can’t get away with this without addressing and apologizing for mocking our culture.”
Another said, “Apparently this is Cardi B paying ‘homage’ to the Hindu goddess Durga…This is straight-up racist.”
“Coward Cardi B has deactivated her account. Otherwise, we could have taught Cardi B in how many ways she is different from goddess Durga (including she is a human),” wrote yet another user.
Source: Indian Express