New Delhi, November 12, 2020: Rapper Cardi B posted an apology in an Instagram story after receiving criticism for posing as Goddess Durga on the cover of footwear magazine for the November 2020 issue.
The cover shows Cardi B with 10 hands, but instead of weapons, she is seen clutching a shoe.
The rapper has apologized for the shoot and said in her Insta stories that:
“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 am all about.
And though it was dope, if people think I am 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. When people dress as Virgin Mary and Jesus, as long as they do it in a beautiful, graceful way…. But I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful; maybe I should have done my research. I am sorry, I can’t change the past but I will do more research for the future.”
The magazine, Footwear News, claimed that with this shoot the rapper paid 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.
Here are the top three reactions:
cardi b just apologized for disrespecting Hindu culture and i think that she really didn’t mean to disrespect and offend anyone, so yea, she’s queen.
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 getaway with this without addressing and apologizing for mocking our culture.and if you’re not a part of our community don’t you dare speak over us to defend your fav’s mistakes.she apologised on her ig live and I’m glad she addressed it but non-hindus it’s not your place to tell us to accept her apology
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.