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Rihanna responds to Dutch magazine that called her a racist name

Rihanna. (Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

“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!!” Rihanna tweeted Monday. “You ran out of legit, civilized information to print!” The singer goes on to say the paragraph “[degrades] an entire race” and “[encourages] segregation.”

Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you... [expletive] YOU!!!,” she tweeted.

Parlour Magazine was the first to publish a screenshot and English translation of the offending blurb.

Jackie’s editor-in-chief Eva Hoeke apologized for the feature on Facebook, saying it was meant to be a joke. A “bad joke, to say the least,” Hoeke writes. She explains that the blurb “slipped through” her fingers and that “these terms will no longer end up in the magazine.”

“It was stupid, it was naive to think that this was an acceptable form of slang — you hear it all the time on TV and radio, then your idea of what is normal apparently shifts — but it was especially misguided: there was no malice behind it,” Hoeke writes.

What do you think about the Jackie’s apology to Rihanna? Do you think the writer honestly meant this as a joke? And what do you think of Rihanna’s response? Tell us in the comments.

Update: Eva Hoeke has resigned.


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