Rihanna apologises for Islamic verse at lingerie show

Rihanna apologises for Islamic verse at lingerie show
Rihanna's fashion and beauty brand Fenty has been praised for its commitment to diversity in the past. Source: GETTY IMAGES
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Daily US Times: Rihanna has apologised after using a controversial song at her latest Savage X Fenty fashion show.

The singer and actress received a backlash online for using the song Doom by artist Coucou Chloe, which includes a Muslim text known as a Hadith.

She says the use of the song was “irresponsible” and an “honest, yet careless mistake.”

A Hadith is part of a collection of texts believed to be the spoken words of the Prophet Muhammad.

After the holy Koran, the Hadiths are seen as some of the most important religious texts to Muslims.

The Hadith used in the song is part of a Hadith about judgement day.

Coucou Chloe has apologised, saying she wasn’t aware that the song contained the Islamic verses.

Fenty, the fashion and beauty brand of Rihanna, has been praised for its commitment to diversity in the past.

But when the lingerie show streamed on Amazon Prime on 2 October, some Muslim supporters questioned the use of the song.

Hodhen Liaden, a 26-year-old beauty blogger who’s a fan of Rihanna and Fenty but felt it was a misstep to include the song in the show.

Hodhen says it’s “refreshing” to see Rihanna’s apology but thinks big brands “need more Muslim people in these industries that can pick up on things like this.”

“Islam is not an aesthetic, religion is not an aesthetic,” she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat:

“Do you actually celebrate people like me or does it just look good for you?”

She has bought Fenty products before but says this incident might change her mind now.

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