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Rihanna apologizes to Muslims for using song with hadith at fashion show

Los Angeles, October 7, 2020

Rihanna issued an apology to the Muslim community on Tuesday after being criticized for using a song that sampled a recitation from Islam's sacred hadith for her 2020 Savage X Fenty fashion show last week.

The artist-turned-designer, whose lingerie show was initially praised for its inclusivity, was called out by several Muslim fans for disrespecting the religion – a mistake she characterized as “honest, yet careless.”

“I'd like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our savage x fenty show,” Rihanna wrote in her Instagram Stories. “I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest, yet careless mistake.”

The apology was issued on Savage X Fenty's official Instagram account – one of the hitmaker's many business ventures that have made strides to be inclusive and have historically included hijabi women in their marketing.


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