World-famous rapper Cardi B suddenly found herself in troubled waters after she posed like the Hindu Goddess of Durga on the coverage of a prominent shoe magazine Footwear News.
The ‘Girls Like You’ rapper was called for ‘cultural appropriation’ after her image — wearing a popping pink off-shoulder dress, and flashing ten arms holding the shoes instead of weapons, came out in the magazine’s November issue.
A big caption wrote ‘The Power of Cardi B.’
The Hindu Goddess is incredibly venerated across Hindu communities in India, as is an embodiment of female prowess, feminity, and the azure of good over evil. Durga is the wife of one of the Hindu Trinity Shiva who’s the destroyer of the Universe.
Arguably, promoting shoes — which is looked down upon as a filthy object by Hindu conservatives and much of the Indian culture-at-large — could not accept the idea, and the rapper faced severe criticism online.
The magazine addressed the furor by saying: “…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.”
However, that failed to embalm the inflamed sentiments of the Hindus and Desi Twitter.
Especially twitter was enraged over the rapper’s photoshoot and called for disrespecting and messin with other cultures.
The 28-years-old later issued an apology statement online for hurting the religious sentiment of the Hindus. In a video statement posted on her Instagram handle story, she 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,” the rapper said.
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“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 acknowledged she should have done the research and asked apology for her unintended shoot. “I’m sorry, I can’t change the past but I will do more research for the future,” she further added.
While someone acknowledged the fact Cardi B apologized:
Cardi B eventually took the post down.