Rihanna Responds to Slur in Dutch Magazine
Dutch fashion magazine Jackie is facing outcry after publishing an article in which it refers to pop star Rihanna as the ultimate “n****b****.”
As posted on Parlourmagazine.com, the magazine’s piece focuses on Rihanna’s style, but uses the aforementioned language to describe the singer.
The responses poured in swiftly enough that according to Parlour magazine, the editor of Jackie, Eva Hoeke, issued a statement of apology on the publication’s Facebook page, saying that “the author meant no harm” and that the headline using the words was meant to be “a joke.”
However, Hoeke continues to say that “this should have never happened.” She goes on to say that there wasn’t a racist motive behind the words, and that they were “stupid” rather than malicious.
“[It was] naive…to think that this was an acceptable form of slang – you hear it all the time on TV and radio then your idea of what is normal apparently shifts – but it was especially misguided; there was no malice behind it,” Hoeke said.
Rihanna, meanwhile, has had her own words of response for the piece. The 23-year-old wrote on Twitter to the magazine’s editor:
“I hope u can read english, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights! I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!! You ran out of legit, civilized information to print! There are 1000’s of Dutch girls who would love to be recognized for their contributions to your country, you could have given them an article. Instead, u paid to print one degrading an entire race! That’s your contribution to this world! To encourage segregation, to mislead the future leaders to act in the past! You put two words together, with the intent of abasement, that made no sense…”N**** B****”?!….Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you…F*** YOU!!!“