Rihanna, Barbadian singer, has come under fire in India over her recent dress considered offensive to the country’s cultural and religious inclinations.
The award-winning singer had on Monday shared a topless photo of herself clad in a pair of lavender satin boxers produced by her lingerie label, Savage X Fenty.
She was also seen donning a purple jewel, a bracelet and a large pair of earrings. The singer also wore a purple pendant cut in the figure of Ganesha, the Hindu god.
She had accompanied the photo with a terse post which read “when @PopcaanMusics said ‘me nuh wan ya wear no lingerie tonight fa me girl @SavageXFenty”.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 15, 2021
As of the time of this report, her post has garnered over 45,000 retweets, 11,000 comments and 283,000 likes on Twitter.
But adherents of Hinduism, a popular religion in India, had called out the singer, accusing her of denigrating their god with her photo.
Ganesha, the Hindu god, symbolises wisdom and success. Hindus often call on the god for help when they’re on the verge of taking decisions such as embarking on new business ventures.
The development comes amid dust surrounding Rihanna’s comment which backed farmers protesting new agriculture laws in India.
“Dear @rihanna, stop mocking Hindu Temples & Gods with indecencies. You’re insulting the oldest, holiest religion in the world & hurting Hindus sentiments. We request you apologize. We know You & @GretaThunberg are paid global propagandists to incite trouble against Hindus & India,” a user wrote.
Here’s what some people had to say:
Dear @rihanna, stop mocking Hindu Temples & Gods with indecencies. You're insulting the oldest, holiest religion in the world & hurting Hindus sentiments. We request you apologize. We know You & @GretaThunberg are paid global propagandists to incite trouble against Hindus & India pic.twitter.com/LPGc6zRMb7
— Renee Lynn (@Voice_For_India) February 17, 2021Advertisement
With due respect, pls do not indulge in activities that hurt sentiments of people.They have a belief and there is no harm in respecting them.The anger in the comments and the requests are certainly imminent but we request you with open arms🙏. We’ve been getting hurt since ages.
— KingOfMirzapur (@KaleenBhayya) February 16, 2021
I’m sorry Rihanna is just not it anymore pic.twitter.com/DL9VBMJmbA
— KB #FreeNodeepKaur (@kajolbagga_) February 17, 2021
She did it mainly to hurt hindu sentiment though cuz many ppl trolled her for farmers tweet…mainly hindus they were.. She was not knowing anything about new farms law.. And she doesn't know anything about sanatana dharma it was just to hurt..
— Mr debater (@debater_mr) February 16, 2021
We are so tired & if we raise voice against this cultural appropriation so we are labelled as hindu extremist. For you all hinduphobics it is just necklace but for us he's god. Please stop telling us wht is offensive & whts not. Audacity of these ppl "hinduphobia doesn't exist"🤡
— vedu💙👀 (@IndicRant) February 16, 2021
Those of us who are offended by this pic take a reference of our historical art which is also a UNSCO heritage. Being topless is not something of an blasphemy as suggested by many. If someone offend by Rihanna's post that means they should be offend by attached screenshot as well pic.twitter.com/i5wJcTM9kj
— Prashant Kumar (@iprashantorg) February 16, 2021
Who the hell do u think u r???
U can't insult our religion like this. Lord Ganesha is Not A Piece Of Jewelry, he's beyond your imagination.
Seems like your doing this for purpose ….
U have to pay it off some day…. Karma does exist.
— Pranjal Pachori (@_p_r_a_n_j_) February 16, 2021
Super offensive wearing Ganesha like that. My first god, a holy sentiment to millions of people celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi every year. Sorry RiRi, you disappointed me and others.
— daakkuuu (@Presenjeet26) February 15, 2021
I think if a shirtless man had wore the Ganesha locket then it wouldn't have been any problem. When will the world stop taking woman body as a thing of obscenity or vulgarity?? She was wrong on farmer tweet. But not wrong here. Done with targeting woman's organs again and again.
— Ankit (@Ankit46542002) February 16, 2021
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