Rihanna Accused of 'Cultural Appropriation' for Hindu Pendant in Topless Photo

Rihanna Accused of 'Cultural Appropriation' for Hindu Pendant in Topless Photo


Music superstar Rihanna is facing backlash after posing topless with a pendant depicting the Hindu god Ganesha in a photo posted Monday.

Rihanna is once again under fire for using cultural and religious imagery in the promotion of her “Savage X Fenty” clothing brand. On Monday, the 32-year-old celebrity posted a topless photo of herself modeling a pair of shorts from the brand. Among her accessories, a large pendant depicting the Hindu god Ganesha.

Social media response was almost immediately negative. “rihanna !! stop using my religion as an aesthetic !! that ganesh figurine at the end of the chain 🙁 is a holy and sacred figure for us hindus,” one user tweeted. Another pointed out that her promotion occurred during a Hindu religious “day of ganesh jayanti” celebration.

This is far from the first time Rihanna has been called out for commercializing other cultures for her benefit. In

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