December 20th, 2011
05:44 PM ET
Dutch fashion magazine Jackie is facing outcry after publishing an article in which it refers to pop star Rihanna as the ultimate "n****b****."
As posted on Parlourmagazine.com, the magazine's piece focuses on Rihanna's style, but uses the aforementioned language to describe the singer.
The responses poured in swiftly enough that according to Parlour magazine, the editor of Jackie, Eva Hoeke, issued a statement of apology on the publication's Facebook page, saying that "the author meant no harm" and that the headline using the words was meant to be "a joke."
Update, 12/21: According to the BBC, Hoeke has since resigned. In a press release, as posted in full on Parlour magazine's website, Hoeke explains that her initial reaction, "in which [she] indicated that it was a joke, has been a complete misrepresentation" of what she and the article's author meant. The statement adds that Rihanna will be invited to share her view on the piece in question in an upcoming issue.
Previously, Hoeke said in her statement of apology that "this should have never happened." She goes on to say that there wasn't a racist motive behind the words, and that they were "stupid" rather than malicious.
"[It was] naive...to think that this was an acceptable form of slang - you hear it all the time on TV and radio then your idea of what is normal apparently shifts - but it was especially misguided; there was no malice behind it," Hoeke said.
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