“I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful. Maybe I should have done my research.,”
American rapper Cardi B said after being accused of disrespecting Hindu
culture with her recent Footwear News cover.
Netizens were shocked when an official photo depicting the rapper as
Hindu goddess Durga – while holding a red sneaker in her hands – was released
Maybe the magazine was just trying to be cute by paying their homage to the
Hindu goddess on their latest cover, since November is the month when Hindus celebrate Diwali or the Festival of Lights.
The original Footwear News cover featuring Cardi B posing as Hindu
which has since been replaced with another
But this “homage” misfired terribly, as Hindu netizens and fans pointed out:
Hindus don’t wear shoes at their places of worship as doing so is deemed
Attempting a cool cover by associating a Hindu goddess with footwear is
definitely a misstep.
Cardi B apologizes for her Footwear News cover
“I should’ve done my research, I’m sorry. I can’t change the past but I’m gonna do more research in the future” pic.twitter.com/2nnsGCGyYU
— Female Rap Room (@FemaleRapRoom) November 11, 2020
Cardi posted her apology on Instagram Stories, stating, “When I did the Reebok
shoot, the creatives told me I was going to represent a goddess, that she
represents strength, femininity and liberation.
“And though it was dope, 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 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. I’m
sorry, I can’t change the past, but I will do more research for the future.”
As per Billboard.com, Footwear News also issued an apology via People,
explaining that their “intent was to show a powerful woman.”
“We take full accountability for this oversight and we apologize. It is
important we learn from this example and are sensitive to this sort of
religious imagery when creative discussions are taking place in the future,”
the shoe magazine stated.
The offensive cover has since been replaced with a more appropriate photo.
(Photo source: Jora Frantzis | Footwear News)