Rihanna was recently referred to as a “n***ab***h” in Dutch magazine “Jackie” (get the details & see the photo HERE!) Upon hearing this news, the singer went off on Twitter, checking the Editor-in-Chief for her ignorance and ending her letter with a big “F**k You!” The editor has since resigned.
Editor-in-Chief Eva Hoeke first attempted to rectify the situation with a half-ass apology, saying that “the choice of words was meant as a joke” (which only further upset readers and fans).
She then took to Twitter to try and correct her actions, writing: “1. Don’t publish bad jokes in the magazine 2. Don’t pretend as if a bad joke is good. Sorry guys. My bad.”
After that, she promised there would be a correction in the next issue. But it was all too late.
In a press release today, Eva Hoeke revealed that she has quit her job. 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 for Jackie for eight years, I realize that these errors — although not intented maliciously — are enough reason for leaving.”
Jackie Magazine also noted that “this word is used in America as slang” – which is partially true. So whose fault is this? If we wouldn’t know a derogatory word in Dutch, are they responsible for knowing one in English?