Rihanna always takes fashion to the next level but this time, the pop singer-entrepreneur may have pushed things a bit too far.
Recently, people on Twitter have accused her of appropriating Islam by using a song that contains a narration of a hadith that explains signs of the day of judgement and the end of times, at her brand’s Savage x Fenty lingerie fashion show.
Loaded with celebrity cameos, elaborate sets, intricate choreography and stunning lingerie – the song ‘Doom’ created by London-based producer Coucou Chloe, was also included in the fashion show last week.
Although you can barely hear the hadith because it’s been heavily remixed and only a portion of it was played at Rihanna’s show, you can clearly hear the hadith on the original track. Coucou even confirmed that she took the audio from a YouTube “song” – which turns out to be a hadith narration and remixed it, according to UpNewsInfo.
We’re guessing that both of these artists just thought it was Arabic, without actually double-checking.
Take a look:
rihanna is responsible for this even if she didn’t choose the music. she hired her team and she must’ve heard the songs beforehand and just because she’s rihanna doesn’t give her a free pass to disrespect a religion pic.twitter.com/V2oZErQhOg
— Maria (@selenarules6) October 4, 2020
Here’s the original track called ‘Doom’ by Coucou Chloe:
Many Muslims on Twitter are upset over the poor decision by Rihanna and her team, deeming it insensitive. Some Muslims on the other hand, think that Rihanna is not the one at fault. Check it out:
y’all don’t realize how disrespectful it was what Rihanna did. she didn’t use music thats in Arabic or anything. she used a hadith, hadith and arabic songs are two different things, and she used the words of our prophet,that are meant to guide muslims, for her lingerie show…
— ęᴴ🎃(fan account) (@fIrareoutsold) October 4, 2020
not rihanna letting half naked models strut down the runway with a islamic hadith in the background,, imagine how tired muslims are pic.twitter.com/ksvW34xtyo
— sydney sweeneys cumrag⁷ (@sunflowerIine) October 4, 2020
A narration of the Hadith being used in Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show is a clear example of why cultural/religious competence is important in media. Diversity without respect and boundaries for other beliefs is useless.
— ISPEAK (@itsayaaani) October 4, 2020
okay the fact that rihanna’s show was supposed to be a keystone for “inclusion” while she completely alienated the Muslim community by disrespecting a Hadith recitation is the perfect showcase of how fashion brands & the media have never considered us as a part of their audience
— myesha thee stallion (@myeshachou) October 5, 2020
Rihanna respects Muslims. We have seen this on MULTIPLE occasions. if she listened to the original song and knew it was remixed from a HADITH. she would have NEVER approved of this. Question the sound producers/mixers and have them held accountable. It’s THEIR job, not hers.
— SH. (@SignedStranger) October 4, 2020
Rihanna really is about diversity. She’s given us representation at times and spoken out on our behalf before. But this is not okay and I’m like 99% sure if Rihanna knew this was a Hadith she’d not have let it slide. I think she’d want to know, I think she’d address it, and learn pic.twitter.com/zIwFmdTAZg
— Existential Crisis ♡ (@sadistsunmi) October 4, 2020
*Update on 7 October 2020: Rihanna has come out to apologize to the Muslim community.
— FentyStats.com (@FentyStats) October 6, 2020