Rihanna's Outrage Over Racist Slur Leads Magazine Editor To Quit
21 December 2011, 09:05
The 'Talk That Talk' singer has slammed a fashion magazine for using a racially offensive word to describe her and for getting her nationality wrong.
Rihanna has slammed a Dutch fashion publication for using an offensive racial slur to describe her.
The 'We Found Love' singer posted an extensive Twitter message on Tuesday (20th December) criticising Jackie magazine's decision to publish an article calling her the "ultimate n***ab**ch" as well as mistakenly describing her as Jamaican rather than Bajan.
The resulting media frenzy led editor-in-chief Eva Hoeke to post an apology online before later announcing her eventual resignation from the publication.
"I hope you can read English, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights!" Rihanna tweeted yesterday. "I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate.
"That's your contribution to this world! To encourage segregation, to mislead the future leaders to act in the past! You put two words together, with the intention of abasement, that made no sense."
"Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you...F--- YOU!!!"
Hoeke quickly apologised on behalf of the magazine and the writer, insisting they had never meant to cause offence by using the term.
"This should have never happened. Period.," she wrote. "While the author meant no harm – the title of the article was intended as a joke – it was a bad joke, to say the least."
However, following a storm of criticism directed at the magazine on Twitter and through various press outlets, Hoake announced her resignation late last night.
"Through the course of events, me and the publisher have concluded that because my credibility is now affected, it is better for all parties if I quit my job as editor-in-chief immediately," Hoake said.
"After putting my heart and soul into Jackie magazine for eight years, I realize that these errors – although without malicious intentions – are enough reason for leaving."
Rihanna arrived back in London at the start of this week to perform at the O2 Arena for her final 'Loud' tour dates.