Singer, actress and businesswoman Robyn Rihanna Fenty apologised after receiving a backlash for using Islamic verses in her lingerie fashion show. Recently, she released the Savage X Fenty Volume 2, second edition of lingerie fashion show of Fenty Beauty Brand on Amazon Prime. However, the show attracted much criticism on social media as it featured Coucou Chloe’s track “Doom” containing a remixed recording of Islamic Hadith (religious texts that have words of Prophet Muhammad). On Tuesday, Rihanna took to Instagram and apologised for the “honest, yet careless mistake” that ended up hurting the sentiments of Muslim followers.
The Fenty Beauty brand by Rihanna is known for its inclusivity in terms of gender, races and body size. However, all-inclusive lingerie show received flak for disrespecting the holy Islamic verses about the Judgement day for a dance performance. As reported by Time, the song used the Islamic verses attributed to Kuwaiti preacher Mishary bin Rashid Alafasy. Among many people who criticised the show, a TikTok uploaded a video about it and said, “How is it okay for Rihanna to have a show of people dancing in underwear with an Islamic hadith about judgment day playing in the background?” as quoted by Time.
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The user further pointed out alleged hypocrisy in favouring one religion over another. “If this was the Bible being used, the entire world would be enraged. How is it okay for the work of the most renowned Islamic scholar to be used as music for lingerie?”
After a lot of criticism throughout the weekend, both Chloe and Rihanna took the accountability and apologised for hurting Muslim sentiments.
And then on Tuesday, Rihanna, the Fenty Beauty tycoon, took to Instagram stories to issue her apology. She thanked the Muslim community for pointing out the “unintentionally offensive” narrative of the Savage X Fenty show. She further said, “I would, more importantly, like to apologise 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 this song in our project was completely irresponsible! Moving forward, we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again.”
On Monday Chloe issued a statement on Twitter and apologised for using Islamic Hadith in a song, She said, “I want to deeply apologize for the offence caused by the vocal samples used in my song ‘DOOM’. 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 further said, “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.”
Moreover, the Fenty Beauty Brand also issued an apology for using the song. The statement on Instagram said, “We have nothing but utmost respect for the Muslim community. All Fenty Brands have been founded on the notions of inclusivity and respect to all, and this was an unfortunate mistake on our part. We will be vigilant going forward to ensure that this is never repeated.”
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