The rapper Cardi B has apologized for her latest posing. She made a cover as the Hindu goddess Durga on the November cover of Footwear News. This photo proved controversial, showing the star in a red gown with many arms behind her, prompting those on twitter to call her out for cultural appropriation.
And what’s more, this photoshoot was for FOOTWEAR. This added, at the least, some insult to injury. You could even say it was a “kicker.” Because in Hindu temples, shoes aren’t allowed. This ended up being hilarious to some, and insulting beyond belief to others.
We’ll show the backlash below, it was pretty harsh.
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
— Aadi 𑁍 (@wotermelonsugrx) November 11, 2020
I am literally very disappointed with the Cardi B photoshoot drama. I think we don't have any rights to hurt any religion. In think above photoshoot she posed like a a Hindu god "durga" and rather then wepons she is holding a shoe. She should have to feel guilty about this. pic.twitter.com/jdUpeCbsdf
— Sarthak Sinha (@JustardB) November 16, 2020
Cardi B it's not funny how you are disrespecting our culture our goddess as an hindu I am jot gonna take this lightly .
STOP USING ANY RELIGION AS AN AESTHETIC.
— ᴮᴱEshita_Chandra⁷ (@ChandraEshita) November 11, 2020
Cardi B admitted later on, that she “should have done her research” before moving on with what the magazine put forward for her to do back on November 11th.
“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. And though it was dope, if people think I’m offending their culture or their religion, I want to say I’m sorry. 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,” she said.
Footwear News apparently wanted this cover to be “homage” to Durga. The posted it on their Instagram. They even compared Cardi B to the goddess in the caption.
Later, the magazine removed the post and issued an apology that was very much in order.
“We realise we were not considerate of certain cultural and religious perspectives and how this could be perceived as deeply offensive. We take full accountability for this oversight and we apologise. 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,” they said.
The cover has since been replaced with another, more generic photo, from the same photoshoot.