After creating a stir on social media in India with her tweet supporting farmers’ protests, popstar Rihanna has irked social media users again. She has tweeted a photograph in which she can be seen posing topless, wearing a neckpiece with a pendant of Ganesha. The shoot was for her lingerie brand Savage X Fenty. Besides the pendant, the singer has accessorised her look with statement earrings and a bracelet.
Rihanna’s tweet has gone viral on social media and many accused her of offending religious feelings. Some users asked her to stop using their ‘religion as an aesthetic’.
Rihanna had drawn massive international attention after her tweet on the farmers’ protests. Her tweet received hundreds of thousands retweets and likes.Soon after her tweet, international figures like Mia Khalifa, John Cusack and Susan Sarandon had also come out in support of the farmers.
The controversy triggered by tweet also evoked a strong response from the Ministry of External Affairs, which said the "temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments is neither accurate nor responsible”.
Using the hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda that were used in the MEA statement, the government's pushback found support from several top ministers, Bollywood and sports personalities.