Bad Girl Rihanna in trouble as her show Savage x Fenty Volume 2 hits the stage.
Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Show Volume 2, the second edition of the Savage x Fenty performance-based lingerie show, was an extravaganza.
The show is well known for being a pioneer for inclusivity in fashion and features models a range of genders, sizes and skin tones.
However, this year’s show made quite a few people feel excluded and ‘appropriated’. It was actually another almost missable detail that derailed the entire show and got it a lot of bad press. CouCou Chloe’s song Doom, released in 2017, played for a part of the show and the song features an Islamic Hadith.
Hadiths are the sayings of Prophet Muhammad, and the ones used in the song are a recitation by Kuwaiti preacher Mishary bin Rashid Alafasy, and they make references to the end of time and the day of judgment.
However, understandably so, Muslims around the world were enraged at the use of sacred religious verses as the backdrop for a lingerie show. After the debacle CouCou Chloe took to her social media handles to apologise for the ‘offence’, she wrote, “I want to deeply apologise 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. 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. We have been in the process of having the song urgently removed from all streaming platforms.”
Rihanna also took to her Instagram stories and posted,
“I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our Savage x Fenty show. I would more importantly like to apologise to you 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 the song in our project was completely irresponsible! Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding.”
This is not the first time that Rihanna has stirred an uproar for hurting Muslim sentiments. In 2013, she was asked to leave a mosque in Abu Dhabi after posing for “inappropriate pictures.”
However, she isn’t alone, recently in August, Kanye West was also criticised for naming his Yeezy Boost trainers after two Islamic angels, Israfil and Asriel, while SheIn issued an apology in July this year for selling Muslim praying mats as “frilled Greek carpets”.