The 28-year-old rapper received severe criticism online with a person pointing out “So some people are saying Cardi B is paying homage to our Hindu goddess Durga. As a Hindu, I want to say that, Durga maa is never depicted bare-bodied. Secondly, it is prohibited to wear shoes in a temple and this woman is holding a shoe on her hand depicting goddess Durga?”
Another said, “Cardi B using Durga Maa to sell trainers?? When are people gonna realise our gods and goddesses aren’t there to be mimicked…”
Cardi b did not pay “homage” to the Hindu goddess Durga by holding a shoe in her hand, this is plain disrespect and… https://t.co/dZ5gxn5jJM
— Hana (@MissAmericHANA) 1605078276000
Cardi B using Durga Maa to sell trainers?? When are people gonna realise our gods and goddesses aren’t there to be mimicked…
— Geetaॐ (@GeetaChelseaFC) 1605059181000
People are saying Cardi B is paying homeage to our hindu goddess Durga. So as a Hindu I want to say that:1-Wearing… https://t.co/VHPEaKw1KE
— This user does not exist 🙂 (@wotermelonsugrx) 1605076922000
Following the backlash, the rapper issued a clarification and apologised for hurting religious and cultural sentiments and even vowed to do “more research” henceforth.
In a video story posted on Instagram, Cardi made it clear that it wasn’t her intent to offend anyone and she would not like it either if people offended her religion.
She said, “When I did the shoot, the creatives told me I was going to represent a Goddess; that she represents strength, femininity and liberation, and that’s something I love and I’m all about. And though it was dope, if people think I’m offending their culture or their religion I want to say that was not my intent. I do not like offending anyone’s religion; I wouldn’t like it if someone did it to my religion.”
“When people dress as Virgin Mary and Jesus, as long as they do it in a beautiful, graceful way…. But I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful; maybe I should have done my research. I’m sorry, I can’t change the past but I will do more research for the future,” she further added.