Editor Fired After Racist Slur At Rihanna
Dutch publication, Jackie Magazine, have been under fire this week after their now ex-Editor, Eva Hoeke, put an article in the magazine calling Rihanna the "ultimate n**** b****." She also failed to do the most basic of research and said the singer was Jamaican. It is a pretty famous fact that actually, she is from Barbados...
Not one to shy away and let her PR do the talking, an understandably furious Rihanna said on Twitter: "I hope you can read English, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights! I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate. That's your contribution to this world! To encourage segregation, to mislead the future leaders, to act in the past!" She finished her lengthy tweets quite simply, saying: "Well, with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you...F--- YOU!"
Hoeke realised that the racist slur wasn’t being taken lightly across the globe and wrote online: "This should have never happened. Period. 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."
This wasn’t good enough for the public, or critics. Therefore, she issued this statement: "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 realize that these errors – although without malicious intentions – are enough reason for leaving."
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)