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Rihanna Blasts Magazine Editor For Racial Slur
December 20, 2011
Rihanna recently took on Dutch fashion magazine editor, Eva Hoeke, when a racial slur was used in an article about the pop star. The battle ended in an ugly war of words with the final score: Rihanna 1, Eva Hoeke 0, as the editrix has announced her resignation.
In the piece by Jackie magazine, the term "n---abitch" was used to "describe a style of dress," according to Eva. But no matter the context, Rihanna was displeased to say the least, and she let Eva know.
On Tuesday the singer tweeted, "@evajackie I hope u can read english, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights! I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!! ... Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you ... F--K YOU!!!"
Eva later responded to the tweets in a lengthy statement, though not an official apology, posted to parlourmagazine.com.
"I realize that my first reaction through Twitter, in which I indicated that it was a joke, has been an incomplete description of what me, and also the author of the article, meant. The term 'n---abitch' came from America and we solely used it to describe a style of dress," said Eva. "Because of the enormous pressure through social media I was tempted to promise amendment regarding the language in future issues of Jackie.
"Apart from that I also offered a rectification. I have now come to the conclusion that rectification is not the right solution. I regret that I have taken a stand too quickly regarding an article in Jackie -- which moreover had no racial motive at its basis. 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 function as editor-in-chief effective immediately.
"After putting my heart and soul into for Jackie for eight years, I realize that these errors -- although not intended maliciously -- are enough reason for leaving. ... I should have counted to ten before taking un-nuanced stands through social media channels."