Editor resigns over Rihanna 'racist' slur
The editor-in-chief of a Dutch women's magazine has resigned after it called pop superstar Rihanna "the ultimate n**** b***h" in an article on street fashion
The editor-in-chief of a Dutch women's magazine has resigned after it called pop superstar Rihanna "the ultimate n**** b***h" in an article on street fashion.
The slur sparked an angry backlash from fans of the Barbados-born singer, after it appeared in the latest edition of Jackie.
Wo-man down: After reading the magazine article, Rihanna was
outraged and tweeted her displeasure on the social networking site.
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Editor Eva Hoeke denied there was any racial motive behind the article, despite it reading, "She's got street cred, a ghetto ass and a golden throat. Rihanna, the good girl gone bad, is the ultimate n**** b***h."
She described the magazine's choice of words as a "bad joke -- to say the least" and said it "should never have happened. End of story."
Later, because of the enormous pressure from social media, she resigned from the magazine.
"Previously, I offered a rectification," Hoeke said in a statement. "But I now come to the conclusion that a rectification is not the right solution, I am departing."
The slur prompted a furious response from Rihanna. "I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!" she tweeted. She then added, "Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you ... F*** you."
The popular glossy mag has a circulation of around 60,000.
"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," Hoeke said.
Hoeke went on to add, "From the bottom of my heart I say it again: it was never our intention for this to hurt anyone. And I mean that."
The offending article offered mothers tips on how to dress their daughters like pop stars and recommended Rihanna-style outfits.
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