For my pop dollar, and I am not a fan of hers (hey, I have yet to hear a Beyonce song so don’t mind me) given the very legitimate frustration that Indigneous folks have when fashion designers steal their stuff and make millions and give NOTHING back, and all the cultural appropriation of things Black and African, it strikes me as terrifically tone deaf for Rihannna to rip off/make fun of and utterly disrespect anyone’s religion. Truth, it’s anyone’s guess who advised her or if it was her idea. Bottom line, she’s the face, and she created the disgrace. I think you’re being very kind. The way the Muslim world has responded in the past to cartoons making fun of the Prophet might serve as an indication of how strongly folks feel. The problem I have is that there was no point, and beyond that, it points to extreme arrogance on her part and that of her creative team. You’ve traveled a lot, Rebecca, as have I. That intimate contact with others' religions, their sacred spaces has made me a lot more mindful and respectful. Doesn’t make me right, but to my mind, this is just one more example of an American icon acting like a ripe a-hole in the world. I don’t care how talented she is. This was foolish and may lead to a lot more serious repercussions.

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