Subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on news you need to know.
PETALING JAYA, February 19 — R&B singer Rihanna has been accused of cultural appropriation after she posted a topless picture of herself wearing a Lord Ganesha pendant.
Her attire had sparked anger from many social media users from India after the picture was posted two days ago on her official Twitter account.
One Twitter commented saying that her raunchy picture was nothing but plain ignorance and being highly insensitive.
“Not Woke. Not Sexy. Not Savage. Just ignorant and insensitive.”
Not Woke. Not Sexy. Not Savage. Oh No.
Just ignorant , just insensitive.
Lucky you picked a Hindu God to play nudies with, No one gonna behead you for it. #Rihanna
— Kasturi Shankar (@KasthuriShankar) February 18, 2021
Another user wrote how tired she was of calling out these cultural appropriation acts against the celebrity.
“Whenever we raise our voice against these heinous acts, we will be called Hindu extremists.
“For many of you, it’s just a necklace but for us, he is our God,” she wrote.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 15, 2021
One social media user also called out her actions, and wanted her Twitter account suspended for being culturally insensitive towards many Hindus.
@Twitter @TwitterIndia suspend Rihana’s account. It’s hurting my religious feelings… she don’t have any right to abuse my god Lord Ganesha. She is clearly working against India and it’s Hindu culture.
— Ramesh Reddy (@dubbak_ramesh) February 16, 2021
This is not the first time the singer has been slammed for cultural appropriation.
Last year, she was accused of using a song with an Islamic verse (hadith) in a fashion show for her lingerie line Savage X Fenty.
She later offered her apologies to the Muslim community on Instagram.