The editor of Dutch magazine Jackie has resigned following a major backlash over the publication’s use of a racial slur to describe Rihanna in a recent article.
The magazine published a feature about Rihanna’s fashion style advising readers how they could dress like the “ultimate ni**a b****.”
The editor, Eva Hoeke, said in a statement that she regretted her attempt Monday via Twitter to characterize the choice of words as a joke, and that she was resigning.
Hoeke wrote, “…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 Jackie for eight years, I realize that these errors — although not intended maliciously — are enough reason for leaving.”
Earlier in the day, via Twitter, Rihanna had responded harshly to Hoeke’s prior attempt to apologize for the language in the story.
“@evajackie, I hope u can read english, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights!,” the singer tweeted. “I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!! You ran out of legit, civilized information to print! … Instead, u paid to print one [article] degrading an entire race! That’s your contribution to this world!”
Rihanna continued, “You put two words together with the intent of abasement, that made no sense…’N***A B****’?!….Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you…F*** YOU!!!