Rihanna has responded to the controversy over Dutch magazine Jackie referring to her as a “N—abitch.” She took to Twitter to specifically call out Jackie editor Eva Hoege and respond to Hoege’s apology.
@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!! You ran out of legit, civilized information to print! There are 1000′s of Dutch girls who would love to be recognized for their contributions to your country, you could have given them an article. Instead, u paid to print one degrading an entire race! That’s your contribution to this world! To encourage segregation, to mislead the future leaders to act in the past! You put two words together,
@evajackie with the intent of abasement, that made no sense…”***** BITCH”?!….Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you…F*CK YOU!!!
Perhaps it was Rihanna’s response — or further reflection — but Hoege then offered up her resignation, while not exactly taking responsibility for her actions. Instead, she blamed the use of the term “n—-bitch” on American culture. In her parting letter, she wrote:
“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 ‘niggabitch’ came from America and we solely used it to describe a style of dress. 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 an 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 Jackie for eight years, I realize that these errors – although not intented [sic] maliciously – are enough reason for leaving.
I personally fail to understand how one could ever use the N-word or its derivatives and NOT think it would be perceived as racially motivated.