Cardi B Apologizes for 'Cultural Appropriation' After Imitating Hindu Goddess | 22 Words

Cardi B is known for being quite the controversial character on social media, and her latest post has caused outrage after she shared a picture of herself imitating a Hindu goddess...

We all know that Cardi B is unbelievably successful...

And she has been named as one of the most popular female rap artists of our generation.

But the rapper had a pretty difficult start in life...

Born in the Bronx, NY, Cardi (her real name is Belcalis Almanzar) came from a life of domestic violence and poverty and had to resort to stripping aged nineteen to make ends meet.

This wasn't a path she ideally wanted to go down...

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"The first time I stripped I was really embarrassed, I felt like I could hear my parents voice in my head," she told ID magazine last year. "After a while, I didn't even care anymore. I was seeing the money that I feel like I would've never seen ever."

In 2015, she joined the cast of the VH1 reality TV series Love & Hip Hop: New York...

But after 2 seasons, Cardi announced that she would be leaving the show to pursue a career in music - the thing she was truly passionate about.

She soon made her musical debut on Jamaican reggae fusion singer Shaggy's remix to his single "Boom Boom"...

And the rest is history.

In the space of 2 years, the singer's life took a complete U-turn.

With an estimated net worth of around $8m, and even being hailed as one of TIME's most influential people in the world last year, the star has truly made her mark on the industry.

But before she became an awarding-winning singer, she was a social media star.

Cardi first found fame when some of her posts on Vine and Instagram went viral, catapulting her to instant stardom. Her stage name, Cardi B, came from her family nickname... Bacardi. Quite fitting, don't you agree?

The star has since become renowned for her headline-making behavior...

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With her explicit lyrics and brazen behavior both on and off stage, Cardi B has certainly made a name for herself in the world of music.

But Cardi's outlandish behavior has only propelled her even further...

Her crude lyrics and overwhelming stage presence certainly haven't stopped her from succeeding; they've done quite the opposite, in fact. Throughout her career, she has bagged herself a Grammy, 7 Billboard Awards, 3 MTV Music Awards, and 2 Guinness World Record Awards. Not too shabby.

Because if you've got it...

Flaunt it, right?

You have to admire her confidence...

Part of Cardi's overall image is her sassy attitude. She's never afraid to speak her mind and is always open to experimenting with new and outlandish looks.

She documents every single aspect of her life on Instagram...

And I feel many parents will agree with me when I say that Cardi's Instagram page is not a place for children.

Her outspoken nature on social media has landed the rapper in quite a lot of trouble in the past, however.

For example, who remembers the time when Cardi decided she was going to post a picture of her daughter which had been edited to show what the child would look like as an adult?

When a fan pointed out that the 2-year-old actually looks more like her sister than her, things got awkward.

It seems as though one fan had their own theories, suggesting Kulture looked more like a combination of Offset and Cardi's sister Carolina, AKA Hennessy. Yikes.

Responding to the fan, Cardi wrote this:

“I think cause Hennessy got c****y eyes like Offset and so do KK. It's the only think [sic] I could think off [sic]."

Fans immediately jumped on the singer, calling her out for the use of the racist slur often hurled at Asians.

That's when everything took a dramatic turn and Cardi was on the receiving end of intense backlash to which she was forced to respond.

She then said this:

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“I didn’t know that c****y eyes was a slur like wtfff I DONT KNOW F–-IN EVERYTHING !!" she wrote in a since-deleted tweet, using the slur again. “We don’t even use that as a [sic] insult and I didn’t use it as a [sic] insult." Oh, girl no.

She also added that she was "sick of the internet."

But if you do say something offensive, the usual response is to apologize and then move on. Why get enraged when you're the one that did something wrong?

Cardi is clearly a hot-headed woman...

And fans being upset with her behavior doesn't seem to phase her... at all.

And yet again, Cardi's latest Instagram post has left everyone rilled up...

After unveiling her cover picture on this month's Footwear News, debuting her new collaboration with Reebok.

After it was released, people quickly picked up on the fact she was imitating a Hindu goddess.

In the image, she can be seen in a red dress, with 8 extra arms - just like the Hindu goddess Durga.

Hundreds took to social media to share their outrage...

With one user writing, "Apparently this is Cardi B paying homage to the Hindu goddess Durga… this is straight-up racist." While another wrote, "Cardi B using Durga Maa to sell trainers?? When are people gonna realise our gods and goddesses aren’t there to be mimicked."

The artist went on to apologize on her Instagram stories, for any offense she caused with the picture.

Cardi admitted she was told she would "represent a goddess, that she represents strength, femininity, and liberation… and that’s something that I love and I’m all about."

She continued...

"And I thought that it was dope, but if people think I’m offending their culture or their religion I want to say I’m sorry. That was not my intent. I do not like disrespecting nobody’s religion. I wouldn’t like people to offend my religion."

Footwear News also went on to issue a public apology for the cover...

Saying: "One of the images was intended to pay homage to Hindu goddess Durga, and our intent was to show a powerful woman. However, we realize we were not considerate of certain cultural and religious perspectives and how this could be perceived as deeply offensive." They added, "We take full accountability for this oversight and we apologise. It is important we learn from this example and are sensitive to this sort of religious imagery when creative discussions are taking place in the future."

They have since come out with a new cover featuring Cardi B for the release of her new sneakers.

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