Rihanna has issued an apology for using a song that includes sacred Islamic scripture in her Savage X Fenty Vol. 2 lingerie fashion show.
Last week, the “Work” singer dropped her fashion extravaganza on Amazon Prime, which included performances from Travis Scott, Rosalía, and Bad Bunny, and appearances from special guests such as Lizzo, Bella Hadid, Big Sean, Cara Delevingne, Christian Combs, Demi Moore, Irina Shayk, Laura Harrier, Normani, Paloma Elsesser, and Paris Hilton.
However, in one segment, models are seen dancing to the 2017 song “Doom” by London-based producer Coucou Chloe, which features a remix of a Hadith narration.
After fans caught wind of the track, a number of them voiced their displeasure on social media.
“There’s really no way we can let this slide,” one Twitter user wrote while posting the controversial clip.
“This makes me sick,” another commenter said in a reply.
CNN on Tuesday says that the Hadith, a written record of the sayings and actions of the Prophet Mohammed and his closest companions, is “considered extremely sacred to Muslims, and come secondary only to the Quran in terms of textual authority.”
Tuesday on Instagram Story, Rihanna issued an apology to the Muslim community for the “careless mistake.”
“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.”
She continued, “We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I’m incredibly disheartened by this! I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of the song in our show was completely irresponsible!
“Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding, Rih.”
Prior to the show, Rihanna spoke to People about the importance of highlighting diversity in her various endeavors.
″Inclusivity has always been a part of our brand. That’s not a ‘right now’ thing. It’s sad that it’s right now for most brands,″ she told the outlet. ″But that’s always been who I am. It’s always been how I operate with everything I’ve done creatively, whether it’s makeup or lingerie. I get really excited to see people be a part of my brand.
“It’s not like I went into it thinking, ‘Let’s make a movement.’ I feel great that there are women that are feeling like they see themselves on the stage for the first time. And if we can continue to expand on that, we’ve done more than we really started out trying to do.”