Celebrities channel their inspirations for photoshoots from many places. Cardi B, unfortunately, posed as someone you should never try to recreate that has understandably angered a certain community.

To promote her new sneaker collaboration, Cardi recreated a pose of Hindu goddess Durga. Channeling religions in creative ventures is always a tricky subject.

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Rihanna just learned her lesson about the importance of research when she used a sacred Muslim song in her Fenty Fashion show. Nicki Minaj also received some criticism for posing as the Virgin Mary in her pregnancy shoot although the backlash wasn’t very intense.

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After the photos were released, people took to Twitter to drag the rapper for making the offensive move all for a sneaker promotion.

Cardi b did not pay “homage” to the Hindu goddess Durga by holding a shoe in her hand, this is plain disrespect and in no way cultural appreciation. she can’t getaway with this without addressing and apologizing for mocking our culture,’ one person tweeted.

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‘Cardi B using Durga Maa to sell trainers?? When are people gonna realise our gods and goddesses aren’t there to be mimicked…,’ added another.

This user said: ‘People are saying Cardi B is paying homeage to our hindu goddess Durga. Durga maa is never depicted bare bodied , wear a shoe and used as an aesthetic. This is complete DISRESPECT.’

Another outraged tweet read: ‘My religion is not yours to appropriate or even use as a promoting tool for something like shoes..its insulting the Goddess Durga..we even remove our shoes before praying seriously not done #CardiB I hope u apologise.’

The WAP artist ended up apologizing after the backlash and blamed it on a creative director.

‘A lot of my fans are telling I’m getting dragged throughout social media… because of my Reebok shoot and saying that I disrespected a Goddess. when I did the Reebok shoot, the creative were telling me, ‘You’re going to represent a Goddess, that she represents strength, femininity and liberation, and that’s something that I love and that I’m all about.’

She went on to say: ‘And though it was dope, if people think I’m offending their culture or their religion I want to say I’m sorry, that was not my intent. I do not like disrespecting nobody’s religion. I wouldn’t like people to offend my religion.’

Cardi said that she can’t change the past but will do more research for the future.