Cardi B doesn’t want to do much to fan the flames of controversy, but she definitely mustn’t have thought that approximately the release of her debut sneaker collection with Reebok which is due on Friday, November 13. According to the captions of the images, the 28-year-old rapper was once harking back to the Hindu goddess Durga, who is the symbol of strength and protection in a gorgeous red Georges Hobeika gown to raise her sneaker collection. Cardi captioned one image, “So excited for my sneaker drop this Friday November 13th! Hope you guys adore it! Cardi’s glamourous image for the magazine cover showed her with her hands (eight of them, like Goddess Durga) stretched around her in different positions, her long black hair tailing in the back of her.
Footwear News’ Instagram take care of shared the image of Cardi, captioning it, “Whether Cardi’s rockin’ it, go buy inventory in it. That’s a gratuity as FN’s November cover star Cardi B makes her first major foray into the shoe industry with the Nov. 13 debut of her Club C Cardi sneaker collection with Reebok.”
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The caption went on that she is harking back to Goddess Durga, “In a Georges Hobeika dress, she pays homage to Durga, the Hindu goddess, whose symbols of protection and inner strength resonate as much in contemporary times as they’ve through the centuries. Like Durga, Cardi B is a dominant female voice at a critical time.”
While the photograph was once artistically attractive, the truth that one would go so far as compare oneself to a goddess of a country that takes religion very seriously nearly appeared like asking for trouble. And rightly so, as social media users began to lash out at the WAP rapper. Cardi’s corseted gown revealed her cleavage, and this hurt quite a lot of Indian sensibilities. Indians were extremely displeased by Cardi’s naked bodied homage to the Goddess, and one Twitter user wrote, “So some people are saying Cardi B is paying homeage to our hindu goddess Durga. As a hindu, I need to say that, durga maa is never depicted naked bodied. Secondly it is prohibited to wear shoes in a temple and this woman is holding a shoe on her hand depicting goddess Durga?”
Other Twitter users weren’t as eloquent to express their disgruntlement:
People are saying Cardi B is paying homeage to our hindu goddess Durga. So as a Hindu I need to say that:
1-Wearing a shoe in a temple is prohibited
2-Durga maa isn’t for use as an aesthetic
3-Durga maa is NEVER depicted naked bodied
4-THIS. IS. NOT. HOMAGE. IT’S. DISRESPECT. pic.twitter.com/K4QFa431tP
— Aadi 𑁍 (@wotermelonsugrx) November 11, 2020
What do you think of Cardi’s photo? Is it appreciation or insensitivity?
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