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Rihanna Apologised For Her "Careless Mistake" After Facing Backlash For Using A "Disgusting And Disrespectful Song" During A Fashion Show

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

Rihanna has publicly apologised to the Muslim community after she was criticised for using a song that sampled religious Islamic scripture during her recent Savage X Fenty fashion show.

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Not long after the show aired last week, people began calling out Rihanna and her lingerie brand for using the song "Doom" by producer Coucou Chloe.

PLEASE OPEN THIS THREAD AND EDUCATE YOURSELVES AND SPREAD THIS INFORMATION TO OTHERS!!! IN RIHANNA’S SAVAGE X FENTY LINGERIE SHOW THEY USED A SONG THAT CONTAINED ISLAMIC HADITH AND OFFENDED MANY PEOPLE!! THEY SPED UP THE HADITH AND PUT MUSIC OVER IT:

The song includes a remixed verse from hadith, which is "a narrative record of the sayings or customs of the prophet Muhammad and his companions." The text is considered sacred to the Muslim community.

Many called the song disrespectful and accused Rihanna of using a sacred religious text for a commercial aesthetic purpose.

Rihanna is messed up for using a song with a Hadith in it to play at her LINGERIE show. What is up with artists using Islam as an aesthetic?? Have some respect.

i can’t let Rihanna have a pass w appropriating Islam like for her first show the models wore a scarf around their heads and it looked like HIJAB and her second show she used a track that remixed a HADITH....why is no one talking about this, my religion is not y’all’s aesthetic

as a muslim, no words can describe how disappointed i am with Rihanna for letting her models dance to hadith. Hadith are the sacred words of our prophet, you can't just use it for your lingerie show. disgusting and extremely disrespectful

Coucou Chloe immediately responded to the backlash, explaining that the song used samples they'd found online and hadn't researched.

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. 2/2

Savage X Fenty's Instagram account also responded to the criticism, apparently responding to a question via DM and revealing that the show was currently being edited to replace the song with something else.

Rihanna herself also apparently responded to the controversy via DM, explaining that it was "never [her] intention" to offend anybody.

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"I obviously had no clue! I just hope people don't think I did this on purpose or to be offensive or anything like that! Cause you know I would NEVER!!" the singer supposedly said according to screenshots posted on social media.

"I'm editing it out, but of course you can't take it back ya know?!" she added. "I just feel bad that I hurt people, even though that was never my intention, the Muslim community is hurt by me right now, so that's the sad part!"

But on Tuesday, Rihanna publicly apologised, posting a statement on her Instagram story and calling it an "honest, yet careless mistake".

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"I'd like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our Savage X Fenty show," she began. "I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest, yet careless mistake."

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"We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I'm incredibly disheartened by this!" the message went on. "I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible!"

"Moving forward we will make sure nothing like this ever happens again," the statement finished. "Thank you for your forgiveness and understanding, Rih."

The backlash to the fashion show comes after Rihanna had been praised for her inclusivity and diversity, which the singer explained was "second nature".

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"When I imagine something, I imagine everyone that I know and love being a part of it," she said during the one-hour show. "I want to make stuff that I can see on the people that I know and they come in all different shapes, sizes, races, religions."

"Inclusivity for me has always been something second nature. It's not anything I really think about," she added. "I didn't think it would be such a talking point after the fact. The only thing I could think about was including everyone."

Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Ben Henry at ben.henry@buzzfeed.com.

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