After being accused of cultural appropriation on magazine cover Cardi B apologizes to the Hindu community. She said sorry for this unexpected incident after she was “dragged”.
The “WAP” singer was photographed for the November cover of Footwear News this week. In that cover photo, Cardi B wore a red Georges Hobeika outfit and holding a red sneaker from her Reebok collaboration. In that photo, eight more arms appeared behind her which represent the Hindu goddess Durga. This appearance prompted social media users to call her out for appropriating the religion.
Cardi B clarifies her intentions on her Instagram Story. She explained, “When I did the Reebok shoot, the creatives were telling me, ‘You gonna represent a goddess, that she represents strength, femininity, and liberation.’ And that’s something that I love and I’m all about.”
The singer continued, “And I thought that it was dope, but if people think I’m offending their culture or their religion I want to say I’m sorry. That was not my intent. I do not like disrespecting anybody’s religion. I wouldn’t like people to offend my religion.”
Cardi admitted that she should have done more research on the concept. She added, “I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful… I can’t change the past, but I’m going to do more research for the future.”
Footwear News also issued an apology statement. They stated, “Yesterday we posted content from our exclusive Cardi B cover shoot. One of the images was intended to pay homage to the Hindu goddess Durga, and we intended to show a powerful woman.”
The statement also mentioned, “However, we realize we were not considerate of certain cultural and religious perspectives and how this could be perceived as deeply offensive… We take full accountability for this oversight and we apologize.”