The editor of magazine Jackie has resigned after being slammed by the star and her fans
The editor of a Dutch women’s magazine has resigned, after publishing an article which used a racial expletive to describe pop star Rihanna.
Eva Hoeke, Editor of Jackie, took to Twitter to apologise for the ‘bad joke’ made during part of a fashion piece, which saw the singer described as a n****r b***h’.
As news of the offensive article spread, Rihanna’s fans – and even the singer herself – took to Twitter to slam the magazine.
‘Your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights!’ seething Rihanna wrote. ‘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!’
After a day of uproar, Editor of the publication Eva Hoeke took to Twitter to issue a grovelling apology, admitting the comments were ‘intended as a joke’ but should never have been published.
‘While the author meant no harm — the title of the article was intended as a joke — it was a bad joke, to say the least,’ she wrote.
‘And that slipped through my, the editor-in-chief’s, fingers. Stupid, painful and sucks for all concerned.’
She added: ‘It was stupid and naive to think this was an acceptable form of street talk – you hear it all the time on the radio and TV – then your ideas about what is normal shift.’
She has since gone on to resign from her position as editor-in-chief. In a statement, Hoeke said: ‘I realise that my first reaction through Twitter, in which I indicated that it was a joke, has been an incomplete misrepresentation [of] what me, and also the author of the article, meant. The term ‘n***abitch’ came from America and all we did was [describe] a style of dress. Because of the enormous pressure through social media I was enticed to promise [an] amendment regarding the linguistic usage 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 job as editor-in-chief immediately. After putting my heart and soul into Jackie magazine for eight years, I realise that these errors – although without malicious intentions – are enough reason for leaving.”
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