Rihanna apologizes to Muslim community for using a Hadith at fashion show: 'Careless mistake'
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Rihanna became the target of criticism over the weekend after music, which was played at her Savage X Fenty lingerie fashion show, included a Hadith in its soundtrack.
The Grammy-winner apologized for the mistake with a message on her Instagram stories in which she directly addressed the Muslim community.
"I would like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our Savage x Fenty show,” she wrote. “I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest, yet careless mistake.”
Rihanna continued: “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 this 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, Rih.”
The 32-year-old songstress, whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, premiered “Volume 2” of her fashion show on Amazon Prime on Oct. 2, and it didn’t take long until viewers at home pointed out that the “Ocean’s 8” star used a Hadith during a runway portion of the show.
Hadiths are accounts of the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad and are sacred in the Muslim faith.
"I think the person who created the song knew what they were doing," one person tweeted in regard to the Hadith, which many claim was sped up and mixed with dance music as models galavanted on the runway. "That is a very specific hadith. U have to go looking to find it. It's not something non-muslims know unless they research. So the fact that the song is called Doom & the hadith is about the end of times? @rihanna?"
Rihanna became the target of grave criticism over the weekend after music, which was played at her Savage X Fenty lingerie fashion show, included a Hadith in its soundtrack.
According to several on social media, the vocal sayings were mixed and intertwined with a song titled “Doom,” which was produced by London producer Coucou Chloe.
“Rihanna is messed up for using a song with a Hadith in it to play at her LINGERIE show. What is up with artists using Islam as an aesthetic?? Have some respect,” tweeted another critic.
Another person echoed a similar sentiment, writing, “Rihanna can f–k right off, using Islamic Hadiths which we regard as holy as a background to their music video, does my religion look like an aesthetic to you. Why’s no one speaking about this?”
The producer of the upbeat mix also responded to detractors and apologized for using the vocal samples in the song, which was created in 2018.
“I want to deeply apologize 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,” tweeted Coucou Chloe.
(EDITORS NOTE: This image has been retouched) (L-R) In this image released on October 2, Bella Hadid, Demi Moore, Jaida Essence Hall, and Abby Champion are seen backstage during Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 presented by Amazon Prime Video at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif. and broadcast on October 2, 2020.
(Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 Presented by Amazon Prime Video)
“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.”
Reps for Rihanna did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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