Cardi B apologises for Hindu inspired shoot after being accused of cultural appropriation
American rapper Cardi B has said sorry after she took part in a photoshoot where she appeared to imitate Hindu goddess Durga
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Cardi B has apologised after she was slammed for taking part in a “culturally inappropriate” photoshoot.
The Bodak Yellow singer, 28, enraged fans when she took part in a shoot with sports brand Reebok where she appeared to imitate Hindu goddess Durga.
The snap from the cover of Footwear News show American rapper Cardi with several arms which shared a likeness to Durga – who is traditionally depicted as having numerous arms.
And after she was called out for participating in the images she took to Twitter on Tuesday to say sorry.
Cardi also admitted that she thought the shoot was “dope” before understanding that it was disrespectful.
Cardi said in the video: “When I did the Reebok shoot the creative told me I’d be a goddess that represents strength, femininity and liberation, and that is something I love, that I’m all about and I thought it was dope.
“If people think I offended their culture or religion I want to say I’m sorry – that was not my intent. I would not want anyone to disrespect my religion, with people dressed as the Virgin Mary or Jesus, as long as they do it in a beautiful and graceful way.”
The WAP hitmaker then vowed to not make the mistake again as she added: “Maybe I should’ve done my research. I’m sorry. I can’t change the past but I’m gonna do more research for the future.”
Cardi’s apology comes after social media users raged about the Reebok imagery.
An upset Twitter user fumed: “Cardi b did not pay “homage” to the Hindu goddess Durga by holding a shoe in her hand, this is plain disrespect and in no way cultural appreciation. she can’t get away with this without addressing and apologizing for mocking our culture.”
Another typed: “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.”
A third echoed: “Even for someone who really liked cardi b, i don’t think it’s okay to literally exploit a culture for her personal gains. cultural appropriation is NOT okay. she’s promoting shoes through something that many consider sacred. That is NOT okay.”
It is understood that Cardi posed for the photoshoot in October.