The third installment of Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show hit Amazon Prime Video on Friday, and it was immediately met with backlash from viewers.
In the show, white models walk down the runway with braids in their hair that many feel are culturally appropriative. Two of the models getting singled out for wearing braids during the show are Emily Ratajkowski and actress Vanessa Hudgens.
A TikToker posted a video about the show and made a point to question the Barbadian singer’s choice to include white models in the hairstyles, along with the choice of music when Ratajkowski appeared. The American model walked to the beat of N.E.R.D’s “Lemon” featuring Rihanna, specifically the portion of the song that says, “Mad ethnic right now.”
The TikTok included text that said, “MAD ETHNIC?? Oop!! Not the braids lmao.” The video accumulated over 605,000 views and over 94,000 likes.
The criticism was not unique to TikTok, either. People on Twitter likewise criticized the business mogul and show on Friday.
“I love the fenty show but I think we deserved a trigger warning for seeing this many white women in braids,” one Twitter user wrote. Another said, “The braids in the new Savage X Fenty show were a choice…”
I wish I could write something as funny as Rihanna putting all these white girls in braids for the fenty show
— raina (@quakerraina) September 24, 2021
I love the fenty show but I think we deserved a trigger warning for seeing this many white women in braids
— Dylan Ali (@dylanali_) September 24, 2021
The braids in the new savage x fenty were a choice… haven’t seen the whole thing but the preview was interesting.
— the artist formely known as goose (@GooseMother15) September 24, 2021
Rihanna’s lingerie show has been heralded for its inclusivity of diverse models, but the show’s second installment also faced controversy when a song used in the show included a Muslim prayer. The “Work” singer later apologized saying that the inclusion was a “huge oversight and unintentionally offensive.” She later had her team switch the song out for something different.
Rihanna has yet to respond to this controversy publicly.
The Daily Dot has reached out to a representative for Rihanna.
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