Rihanna has apologized to the Muslim community after an uproar over an appearance on an Amazon Prime-streamed lingerie show that included a song containing excerpts from sacred Islamic texts, calling its inclusion an “honest yet careless mistake.”
“The use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible!” the singer admitted in a written statement that appeared in her Instagram Stories, adding that she would “make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.”
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Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty show included a section in which lingerie models danced to the song “Doom” by Coucou Chloe. The 2017 track includes a passage from the Hadith, a sacred text to Muslims that is revered as a record of the Prophet Mohammed’s sayings and actions.
“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 wrote. “I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest yet careless mistake. We understand that we may have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I’m incredibly disheartened by this!