Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2 debuted on Amazon Prime last week and has faced criticism from Muslim fans over the use of a song that includes sacred Islamic verses.
“I’d like to thank the Muslim community for pointing out a huge oversight that was unintentionally offensive in our Savage X Fenty show,” Rihanna wrote in an Instagram story.
“I would more importantly like to apologize to you for this honest, yet careless mistake. We understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and I’m incredibly disheartened by this! 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,” she added.
During the Savage X Fenty show, models danced to the Coucou Chloe song “Doom,” which includes a remix of a Hadith narration. In Islam, the Hadith is a sacred written record of the sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad.
Following the backlash, Coucou Chloe issued an apology on her Twitter account.
“I want to deeply apologize for the offence caused by the vocal samples used in my song ‘DOOM'. The song was created using samples from Baile Funk tracks I found online. At the time, I was not aware that these samples used text from an Islamic Hadith,” she wrote.
“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,” she added