Rihanna apologises after playing ‘offensive’ song during Savage X Fenty Show

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In this image released on 2 October 2020, Rihanna is seen onstage during her Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 presented by Amazon Prime Video. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 Presented by Amazon Prime Video)
In this image released on 2 October 2020, Rihanna is seen onstage during her Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 presented by Amazon Prime Video. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 Presented by Amazon Prime Video)

On Tuesday, Rihanna posted a message to her Instagram account apologising to the Muslim community for an “unintentionally offensive” oversight.

"We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I'm incredibly disheartened by this!" says Rihanna via Instagram. 

The oversight in question occurred during her Savage X Fenty when Coucou Chloe's Boom was playing. The song contains sacred Islamic verses, which many fans criticised for being offensive. 

In the post, Rihanna says she "[does]not play" with any kind of "disrespect" towards God or any religion. She went on to say the use of the song was "completely irresponsible" and that they would make sure "nothing like this" ever happens in the future. 

A separate statement released by Savage X Fenty echoed Rihanna's apology saying that the show is being edited and that the song will be replaced.

Savage X Fenty says in the statement: "We shouldn't have used it. The song's vocal tracks are being replaced and the show is being edited. We have nothing but the utmost respect and love for the Muslim community." 

The producer of the song Coucou Chloe issued a statement on their social media as well, writing: "I take full responsibility for the fact I did not research these words properly and want to thank those of you who have taken the time to explain this to me. We have been in the process of having the song urgently removed from all streaming platforms."

The Savage x Fenty Show Vol 2 premiered on Amazon Prime on 2 October 2020, creating a stir worldwide. Last year, the show made headlines for its memorable choreography, celebrity performances and cameos.

Compiled by Phelokazi Mbude

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