Cardi B apologises for "mocking" Hindu culture with Durga inspired photoshoot

12 November 2020, 12:49

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

Durga is the Hindu goddess of war Durga and she represents strength and protection.

Cardi B has apologised for "disrespecting" Hinduism after she appeared on the cover of Footwear News' November issue in a photoshoot inspired by Hindu goddess Durga.

In the campaign images in question – which were taken to promote her upcoming collaboration with Reebok – the 'WAP' rapper is wearing a red gown and has multiple arms, which are holding Reebok trainers. The image was inspired by Hindu goddess of war Durga, who represents strength and protection, and is known for having multiple arms.

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Cardi was accused of using Durga for an aesthetic and "mocking" Hindu culture.

Cardi has now responded to the backlash on Instagram Stories and taken accountability for not doing her research. "Sorry guys, I didn't mean to offend or disrespect anybody's culture, she explained.

"When I did the Reebok shoot, the creator was telling me you're going to represent a goddess who represents strength, femininity and liberation, and that's something that I love, that's something I'm all about and I thought that was dope. But if people feel that I’m offending their culture or their religion, I want to say I’m sorry. That was not my intent."

She added: "I do not like disrespecting nobodies religion, I wouldn't want people to offend my religion. When people dress as the Virgin Mary, or Jesus as long as they're doing it in a beautiful or graceful way and a respectful way I don't feel a certain type of way. 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'm going to do more research in the future."

Footwear News has now also issued an apology on their Instagram page. Their statement read: "One of the images was intended to pay homage to Hindu goddess Durga, and our intent was to show a powerful woman. However, we realize 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 apologize. 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."