Popstar Rihanna recently shared a picture of herself wearing a Ganesha pendant alongside a pair of lilac shorts from her lingerie brand SavagexFenty. Her post was accompanied with lyrics from Jamaican DJ Popcaan’s 2018 song ‘Naked’.
While her post has clocked in lakhs of likes since its time of upload, some Twitter users have called her accessorising with religious symbols a case of cultural appropriation.
Bhartiya Janata Party politician Ram Kadam wrote that Rihanna has “insulted Hindu deities” by posing topless with the necklace. Shehzad Jai Hind, a political analyst at Times Now, echoed the same sentiment. Vinod Bansal, spokesperson of Vishwa Hindu Parishad demand that her tweet be deleted and Twitter suspend her account.