Nowadays the controversies and the outrage we see have become a part of our daily lives. Every alternate day you’ll find some advertisement getting bashed by the netizens for hurting their ‘religious sentiment’ or shouting slogans and promoting ‘nationalism’ in the name of some TV reporter. In recent, Cardi B, an American rapper has managed to grab some limelight on the internet. To release her debut sneaker collection with Reebok, an advertisement was shared on Instagram’s ‘Foot Wear News’ page. In the advertisement, you can see Cardi B Poses As Durga Maa.
This representation has sparked outrage against Cardi B. The image (advertisement) also had a caption which according to the 28-year-old rapper was paying homage to the Hindu goddess Durga. The caption read, “If Cardi’s rockin’ it, go buy stock in it. That’s a tip as FN’s November cover star Cardi B makes her first major foray into the shoe industry with the Nov. 13 debut of her Club C Cardi sneaker collection with Reebok.”
Further, “In a Georges Hobeika dress, she pays homage to Durga, the Hindu goddess, whose symbols of protection and inner strength resonate as much in modern times as they have through the centuries. Like Durga, Cardi B is a dominant female voice at a critical time.”
However, netizens were extremely infuriated by this advertisement. Check out these tweets:
Shoe a fucking shoe do you know who durga maa is? This is disrespectful!!! Cardi it’s a No. Never. Not. From us pic.twitter.com/VTbVluDsW0
— VON | DIWALI ERA✨loves lou (@stylesfoursmile) November 11, 2020
People are saying Cardi B is paying homeage to our hindu goddess Durga. So as a Hindu I want to say that:
1-Wearing a shoe in a temple is prohibited
2-Durga maa is not to be used as an aesthetic
3-Durga maa is NEVER depicted bare bodied
4-THIS. IS. NOT. HOMAGE. IT’S. DISRESPECT. pic.twitter.com/K4QFa431tP
— This user does not exist 🙂 (@wotermelonsugrx) November 11, 2020
After such reactions, the Instagram page ‘Foot Wear News’ decided to take down this advertisement. But even after that, some users on the internet accused Cardi B of “disrespecting Hindu religion” and “mocking Hindu culture”.
So replying to this accusation Cardi B shared an Instagram story writing an apology and mentioning that she did not intend to offend “anybody’s culture”.
“Sorry guys, I didn’t mean to offend or disrespect anybody’s culture. I can’t change the passed but I’ll be more cautious for the future. Love you guys,” Cardi B said.
Moreover, in another video that Cardi B shared on her Instagram stories, she added, “When I did the shoot, the creatives told me I was going to represent a Goddess. That she represents strength, femininity, and liberation, and that’s something I love and I’m all about. And though it was dope, if people think I’m offending their culture or their religion, I want to say that was not my intent. I do not like offending anyone’s religion. I wouldn’t like it if someone did it to my religion.”