American rapper Cardi B offered an apology after Indians on social media expressed their displeasure over the rapper sharing a set of pictures in which she is seen paying homage to Goddess Durga.
Cardi’s image for the cover of Footwear News magazine showed her with her hands (eight of them, like Goddess Durga) stretched around her in different positions, her long black hair tailing behind her. “So excited for my sneaker drop this Friday November 13th! Hope you guys love it,” she had captioned one of the images.
Following the social media backlash, the rapper issued an apology via an Instagram story. “When I did the shoot, 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 that was not my intent. I do not like offending anyone’s religion; I wouldn’t like it if someone did it to my religion,” she said.
Further, she said, “I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful; 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.”
In their Instagram post, the magazine had said, “In a @GeorgesHobeika dress, she pays homage to Durga, the Hindu goddess, whose symbols of protection and inner strength resonate as much in modern times as they have through the centuries. Like Durga, Cardi B is a dominant female voice at a critical time.”