Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Dutch Magazine Walks Back Rihanna Apology: “We Have Nothing To Be Sorry For’

What the Ha-yell reports:

After Eva Hoake, editor of Dutch magazine, Jackie, resigned after pop-star, Rihanna, was called a “nigga-bitch” in a fashion spread, the world was just beginning to revert back to normal. Then, Rihanna issued a scathing “F-You” to Jackie on Twitter, and the publisher, Yves Gijrath, said that they never should have apologized in the first place, reports Villamedia.

Gijrath says that Hoake should have stood firm behind her editorial decision, instead of bending to the controversial pressure:
[T]here is nothing wrong in the magazine. [Hoeke] presented it as a joke, but it most certainly was not a joke. It was an interpretation [of a fashion style]. [...] She should have said: “we did not realize this interpretation is such a touchy subject. We never meant any harm and offer our sincere and upright apologies.” But because of all the fuss, Eva started to wiggle in all directions, and therefore we have come to the conclusion her credibility has been undermined.
Gijrath claims that Rihanna has been invited to respond, but that they would not be printing a retraction. “We will not be silenced,” he said. “People are totally off limits when calling both the magazine Jackie and Eva Hoeke racist. Jackie is even produced by an editorial staff that is of mixed origins.”

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