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People Are Calling Out Rihanna For A "Super Offensive" Photo On Instagram, And Valid Points Were Made

"It’s 2021 and by now we should all understand that religion is not an aesthetic."

This week, Rihanna posted a topless photo on Instagram promoting her Savage X Fenty lingerie line and quickly racked up 9.9 million "likes," naturally.

However, not everyone was feeling the pic, including many in the Hindu community, who called out the "Pose" singer for cultural and religious appropriation.

In the photo, Rih appears to be wearing a pendant necklace that features the Hindu god Ganesha.

A close-up of the pendant
Rihanna / Via Instagram: @badgalriri

According to Britannica, Ganesha is an "elephant-headed Hindu god" known as the "remover of obstacles." For more on Ganesha's significance in Hinduism, click here.

"Why is Rihanna’s company doing a lingerie photoshoot outside a Hindu temple and she’s wearing a Ganesh pendant as [an] accessory?!" one person tweeted after the photo went viral.

why is Rihanna’s company doing a lingerie photoshoot outside a Hindu temple & she’s wearing a Ganesh pendant as accessory?! and why isn’t anyone talking about it?? y’all really pick & choose when to care

Twitter: @shrabonbon

"How hard is it to respect and not appropriate Hinduism for your own personal gain?" another user asked, posting a photo of what appears to be a Savage X Fenty model posing in front of a Hindu temple.

First Cardi B, now Rihanna. How hard is it to respect and not appropriate Hinduism for your own personal gain? This also comes less than a week after this Fenty model posted half-naked photos in front of a Hindu temple...

"It’s 2021 and by now we should all understand that religion is not an aesthetic," this person stated.

There’s rightful outrage on my TL right now over a photo Rihanna posted where she’s half naked, promoting her lingerie line, while wearing a necklace of Ganesh, a Hindu god. It’s 2021 and by now we should all understand that religion is not an aesthetic.

"I don't know who needed to hear this but no it's not okay for Rihanna to use the Hindu religion as an aesthetic even if it's Rihanna," another added.

I dont know who needed to hear this but no it's not okay for Rihanna to use the hindu religion as an aesthetic even if it's Rihanna.❤

This person called the topless photo "super offensive":

@rihanna @PopcaanMusic @SavageXFenty Dear Rihanna, plz stop this nonsense. Super offensive wearing Ganesha like that. Our first god, a holy sentiment to millions of people celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi every year. Sorry Ri, u disappointed me &others u u have crossed d limits. Yes it suit Farmer of @IncIndia. Jai Hind

Others said the 32-year-old performer was being "extremely disrespectful to the religion" and should not be defended:

y’all can’t keep defending Rihanna! She’s being extremely disrespectful to the religion Hinduism and to Hindus! I’m sorry that you all have to see your religion blatantly disrespected in that way! All love from me💗

"You can love Rihanna and still call her out btw," this fan wrote.

Hindu God necklace for aesthetic? You can love Rihanna and still call her out btw. https://t.co/yBeIIK6LtP

Another fan tweeted, "Rihanna’s appropriation of the Hindu God Ganesha is something I never thought I’d see."

Rihanna’s appropriation of the Hindu God Ganesha is something I never thought I’d see... 🥺

"Do better, that’s all we ask," another commented.

I don’t even consider myself religious at all but I am so tired of Hindu culture being appropriated like this in such a disrespectful manner. No one is out here putting crosses for their lingerie posts, at least try and respect other cultures Rihanna. Do better, that’s all we ask

This isn't the first time Rih has been called out for offending a religious community. Just last year, she apologized to the Muslim community for using a song that sampled religious Islamic scripture in her Savage X Fenty October 2020 show.

Rihanna has yet to respond to the recent backlash, but we will update you if she does.

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