She can’t get a rest, huh? After the whole drama about ‘’aren’t they divorced? No, wait they’re still together’’ drama between her and Offset started to cool down. This time Cardi was being called out *again* but for cultural appropriation—following her Reebok cover shoot with Footwear News, in which she portrayed the Hindu goddess Durga.
In conclusion: She was slammed hard until the all the photos has to be taken down:
People are saying Cardi B is paying homeage to our hindu goddess Durga. So as a Hindu I want to say that:
1-Wearing a shoe in a temple is prohibited
2-Durga maa is not to be used as an aesthetic
3-Durga maa is NEVER depicted bare bodied
4-THIS. IS. NOT. HOMAGE. IT'S. DISRESPECT. pic.twitter.com/K4QFa431tP
— This user does not exist 🙂 (@wotermelonsugrx) November 11, 2020
CARDI B OUT HERE USING A HINDU GODDESS AS HER AESTHETIC WHAT THE FUCK pic.twitter.com/3ysFx1YHqx
— Varu ❀ (@yourlocalbicc) November 11, 2020
Cardi B using my religion as a way to promote something and trying to cover it up as a “homage” is disgusting. What she is doing is cultural appropriation and there is no one that can tell me otherwise. The fact that Cardi thinks that she compares to or even has any remote
— SK⚡️ (@raptalkSK) November 11, 2020
In response to the outcry, the 28-years-old rapper hopped on Instagram Live to apologize and talk through what happened. “When I did the Reebok shoot, the creatives were telling me, ‘You’re going to represent a goddess. She represents strength, femininity, and liberation,’ and that’s something that I love and that I’m all about and I thought that it was dope,” she said.
“If people think I’m offending their culture or their religion, I want to say I’m sorry. That was not my intent,” she added. “I do not like disrespecting nobody’s religion. I wouldn’t like people to offend my religion… I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful. Maybe I should have done my research and I’m sorry. I can’t change the past but I’m gonna do more research for the future.”
— The Popular Table (@PopularCardiB) November 11, 2020
Kudos to Cardi! She is wise enough to follow Rihanna’s footsteps to openly and publicly be the bigger person and apologize (Remember when she used Islamic verse as a background music for a lingerie fashion show?) I mean, this is 2020, you gotta double triple check before you take any religion or culture to make it as your own *aesthetic*.
Anyway, Footwear News also caught wind of the backlash and pulled the entire cover as a result. Checkout their caption below:
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