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Rapper Cardi B Poses as ‘Goddess Durga’ to advertise new sneaker collection, Indians react

American rapper Cardi B has been dragged on social media over a photo of posing with eight hands.

The 28-year-old rapper set out to promote her debut sneaker collection with Reebok, little did she know that she would end up being embroiled in controversy. after a picture of her posing as Hindu Goddess ‘Durga’ went viral.

In a Now deleted post, which was later shared by Footwear News’ Instagram handle, captioning it, “If Cardi’s rockin’ it, go buy stock in it.”

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” That’s a tip as FN’s November cover star Cardi B makes her first major foray into the shoe industry with the Nov. 13 debut of her Club C Cardi sneaker collection with Reebok.”

“In a @GeorgesHobeika dress, she pays homage to Durga, the Hindu goddess, whose symbols of protection and inner strength resonate as much in modern times as they have through the centuries. Like Durga, Cardi B is a dominant female voice at a critical time,” the post further reads.

However, Indians were not impressed and took serious offense at this representation of Goddess Durga. Many criticized Cardi for her bare-bodied homage to the Goddess, while others were displeased that she was holding a shoe in her hand.

One user on Twitter wrote, “Cardi b did not pay ‘homage’ to the Hindu goddess Durga by holding a shoe in her hand, this is plain disrespect and in no way cultural appreciation. she can’t get away with this without addressing and apologizing for mocking our culture.

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Another said, “So some people are saying Cardi B is paying homage to our hindu goddess Durga. As a hindu, I want to say that, Durga maa is never depicted bare bodied. Secondly it is prohibited to wear shoes in a temple and this woman is holding a shoe on her hand depicting goddess Durga?”

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