An "unintentionally offensive" choice in the singer's Savage x Fenty show incited major backlash.

By Isabel Jones
Oct 06, 2020 @ 11:19 am

Rihanna came under fire following her Savage x Fenty show in L.A. on Friday.

Social media users pointed out that the lingerie show featured Coucou Chloe’s song “Doom,” which includes a remix of an Islamic Hadith (words attributed to the Prophet Muhammad which act as guidance for Muslims).

Many called the multi-hyphenate out for cultural appropriation, and some noted that the same track was used in Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma show in 2017 as well.

Following the backlash, Rihanna issued an apology on Instagram, explaining that it was an “unintentionally offensive” mistake.

"I'd like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our Savage x Fenty show,” she began. “I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest, yet careless mistake.”

Rihanna apology
Credit: Instagram/badgalriri

"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,” she promised. “Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding, Rih.”