Cardi B has apologised after facing backlash for cultural appropriation and being accused of “mocking” Hindu culture in a recent photo shoot.
It all went down after the “Bodak Yellow” rapper unveiled her latest collaboration with Reebok in a cover interview for Footwear News.
However, one of the images, which was apparently meant to depict the Hindu goddess Durga, sparked criticism across social media, with people accusing Cardi of “mocking” the culture and religion.
Others argued that it wasn’t homage to Hindu culture and that it was instead just disrespectful.
Catching wind of the backlash from fans, Cardi quickly jumped on Instagram to apologise for the picture, admitting in a video that she should’ve done her research beforehand.
“When I did the Reebok shoot, the creatives were telling me, ‘You’re going to represent a goddess,’ that she represents strength, femininity, and liberation,” Cardi explained. “That’s something that I love and that I’m all about and I thought that it was dope.”
“Maybe I should’ve done my research and I’m sorry,” Cardi finished her video. “I can’t change the past, but I’m gonna do more research for the future.”
But while doubling down on her apology in a following Instagram Live video, Cardi also called for people to stop insulting her while teaching her about where she’d gone wrong.
In response to the backlash, Footwear News changed the cover image of the interview, removing the original picture altogether and apologising for the “oversight”.