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Rihanna is apologizing to the Muslim community after her Savage X Fenty show contained a song that featured an Islamic verse, known as a Hadith, that sparked backlash on social media for disrespectfully using sacred language, especially during a lingerie show.
In a post to her Instagram Story Tuesday, the “Diamonds” singer, 32, thanked the Muslim community “for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our Savage X Fenty show.”
“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 sisters and brothers, and I’m incredibly disheartened by this!” she continued. “I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of this song in our project was completely irresponsible!”
Muslim text known as a Hadith was used in the song Doom by Coucou Chloe, which was featured in the show. Hadith refers to the record of the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, according to a definition from Britannica.
User @zahrasg_ explained the frustration on Twitter.
“Unless you’re muslim, no one can tell us lot what and how to feel about the rihanna situation,” the tweet reads. “Even if she didn’t pick the song, every smart person listens to it beforehand. So get educated, islam is not an ‘aesthetic’ it’s a religion. This isn’t the first time.”
The song’s artist also apologized for the lyrics on her social media accounts Monday.
“I want to deeply apologize for the offence (sic) caused by the vocal samples used in my song ‘DOOM’ ” Coucou Chloewrote. “The song was created using samples from Baile Funk tracks I found online. At the time, I was not aware that these samples used text from an Islamic Hadith.”
She continued, “I take full responsibility for the fact I did not research these words properly and want to thank those of you who have taken the time to explain this to me. We have been in the process of having the song urgently removed from all streaming platforms.”
This year’s Savage X Fenty show was recorded in mid-September sans audience at the Los Angeles Convention Center due to the coronavirus pandemic. It dropped on Amazon’s video platform Friday, titled “Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2.”
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