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Rihanna hit Twitter on Tuesday to blast a Dutch fashion magazine for using a racial slur to describe her.
The publication, Jackie, ran a brief item in its most recent issue that praised the singer’s style while calling her the “ultimate n—abitch.”
“She has street cred, she has a ghetto ass and she has a golden throat,” the piece read, as translated by Parlour magazine. “Rihanna, the good girl gone bad, is the ultimate n—abitch and displays that gladly, and for her that means: what’s on can come off. If that means she’ll be on stage half naked, then so be it.”
The item also erroneously referred to the Barbados-born singer as Jamaican.
“I hope u can read english, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights!” she wrote. “I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!! You ran out of legit, civilized information to print! There are 1000’s of Dutch girls who would love to be recognized for their contributions to your country, you could have given them an article. Instead, u paid to print one degrading an entire race! That’s your contribution to this world! To encourage segregation, to mislead the future leaders to act in the past! You put two words together, with the intent of abasement, that made no sense…’N—A BITCH’?!….Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you…F— YOU!!!”
Hoeke has apologized for the slur, posting a letter to readers on the magazine’s Facebook page.
“This should have never happened.?Period,” she wrote, according to Parlour. “While the author meant no harm — the title of the article was intended as a joke — it was a bad joke, to say the least. And that slipped through my, the editor-in-chief’s, fingers. Stupid, painful and sucks for all concerned. The author has been addressed on it, and now I can only ensure that these terms will no longer end up in the magazine.”
She also told readers that there was no “racist motive” behind the choice of words.
“It was stupid, it was naive to think that this was an acceptable form of slang — you hear it all the time on tv and radio, then your idea of what is normal apparently shifts — but it was especially misguided: there was no malice behind it,” she wrote, adding: “We never intended to offend anyone. And I mean that.”
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