Magazine forced to apologise to Rihanna for calling her the "ultimate N---- B----"
Published 21/12/2011 | 08:06
THE editor a popular Dutch women's magazine, has been forced to apologise after a shocking racist term was used to describe the pop star.
The use of the offensive street slang has generated accusations of racism in the fashion and music world particularly in the US, where the singer, originally from Barbados, is based.
Eva Hoeke, the magazine's editor, was forced to issue a statement apologising to the singer, who is famous for performing in provocative and skimpy costumes.
"This should never have happened," said the editor. "It was stupid and naive to think this was an acceptable form of street talk – you hear it all the time on the radio and TV – then your ideas about what is normal shift."
The magazine article was a piece on how mothers could dress their daughters like pop stars and recommended Rihanna-style outfits as long as they were not "half naked" because of the cold Dutch winters.
"She's got street cred, a ghetto ass and a golden throat," the article said. "No to the big sunglasses and the porn heels, and yes to the tiger print, pink shizzle and everything that glitters. Now let's hope she won't beat anybody up at day care."
Rihanna herself intervened on Twitter on Tuesday. "I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!!," she tweeted before adding, "Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you ...---- you."