Thu. Feb 25th, 2021

‘Do not sexualise Hindu gods’: Rihanna’s topless photo sparks outrage

Pop icon Rihanna has sparked outrage for wearing a necklace of the Hindu god Lord Ganesha while posing topless for her Savage x Fenty label.

do not sexualise hindu gods rihannas topless photo sparks outrage - ‘Do not sexualise Hindu gods’: Rihanna’s topless photo sparks outrage

Rihanna is under fire for cultural appropriation and religious insensitivity after posting a topless picture of herself wearing a necklace of the Hindu god Lord Ganesha on 15 February. 


The picture that she posted to her Instagram and Twitter accounts was to promote her lingerie line Savage x Fenty. 

Rihanna is seen topless, wearing lavender satin boxers with matching earrings, a ring and bracelet. But the big problem is her “disrespectful” use of a long necklace with Hindu god Lord Ganesha at the end of it.

On Twitter the picture received more than 289,000 likes and has been retweeted more than 34,100 times. On Instagram, the picture received more than 20,000 likes. 


The Diamonds singer’s post has sparked an uproar on social media and many people are outraged at what they perceive as disrespect for the Hindu religion.

“Hinduism is not an aesthetic for anyone. Do not sexualise Hindu gods, it’s that simple. I wish more young Hindus would actually talk about how wrong this behaviour is. Just cos it’s Rihanna does not make it an exception,” Twitter user @himalijadeja said.

Other social media users also expressed their rage at what they considered religious insensitivity.

Fans jump to Rihanna’s defence

Of course there were also those who jumped to the pop star’s defence.


This is the second time this month that Rihanna has been accused of being disrespectful to Hindu culture in the context of her Savage x Fenty brand. Model Jhardan Reign posed for a Valentine’s Day shoot in lingerie outside a Hindu temple.

The model later took down the post on all platforms and apologised for offending the Hindu community.


Wearing a necklace of a Hindu deity as part of a skimpy outfit is not the first time Rihanna has been called out for cultural appropriation. 

In 2019, she faced similar backlash online after posing in Chinese clothing and ornaments for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar China.

The Savage x Fenty brand also received backlash from Muslims when the brand used a song with an Islamic verse in it during a lingerie fashion show. 

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