Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show last fall left a lasting impression, for all the wrong reasons. People reports that; “during the fashion lingerie show, models danced to the song Doom by London-based producer Coucou Chloe, which features a remix of a Hadith narration,” and in the Muslim faith, this is sacred, and certainly completely inappropriate for use at a lingerie show.  After an artist was contacted for permission to use this song, she made it clear to Rihanna’s team which version was acceptable for use, but clearly the wrong one was played. That artist is now launching a $10 million law suit against Rihanna and her team, claiming that she has received death threats as a result of their error.

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The fashion show was assembled to represent a broad scope of cultures and this situation adds insult to injury by misrepresenting the Muslim faith in such a blasphemous manner.

The BBC spoke to Coucou Chloe, who has apologized, and indicated she was unaware that the Islamic verses were part of the song. They went on to clarify that; “a Hadith is part of a collection of texts believed to be the spoken words of the Prophet Muhammad. After the holy book the Koran, the Hadiths are seen as some of the most important religious texts to Muslims.”

Rihanna herself has stepped forward with a personal apology and is trying to rectify this situation for her fans, and for the Muslim community as a whole. She has publicly declared that use of the song was;  “irresponsible” and an “honest, yet careless mistake.” She took to social media to state;  “we understand that we have hurt many of our Muslim brothers and sisters and I’m incredibly disheartened by this” and continued to declare that she and her team have learned from the error, and will carefully ensure this mistake is never repeated.

Although it was admirable for Rihanna to own the error and issue an immediate public apology, this wasn’t enough to prevent litigation from being filed against her.

TMZ reports that the musician whose song was played has suffered greatly and continues to fear for her life. They have reported that; “the artist, who’s filed the suit as Jane Doe to protect her identity, claims she immediately got threats on her life when the fashion show was live-streamed to millions,” and went on to indicate that “she was forced into hiding after receiving a barrage of death threats over the song. She claims the constant threat of being decapitated and murdered led to anxiety and depression.”

 

The artist has proceeded to file a $10 million law suit, and the rest of this story will unfold in the courtroom.

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Sources: BBC, TMZ, People

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