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    Thu, 22 Dec 2011 11:16:07

    Dutch Magazine Editor Quits Over Rihanna Controversy - The mag used racial slurs when describing Rihanna

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    The Dutch magazine editor at the center of a racial slur scandal regarding Rihanna has resigned.

    RiRi was referred to as a "n----r bitch" in the latest issue of Jackie. Unbelievable, we know.

    Editor-in-chief Eva Hoeke issued a public apology to Rihanna and to the publication's readers for the offensive article. In her statement, Hoeke claimed the writer "meant no harm" and insisted the derogatory words had "no racist motive" and were "intended as a joke." A joke that wasn't funny.

    Hoeke's comments did not earn any sympathy from RiRi, who tweeted about the manner.

    RiRi posted, "I hope u can read English, because your magazine is a poor representation of the evolution of human rights! I find you disrespectful, and rather desperate!! You ran out of legit, civilized information to print!"

    She also tweeted: "You put two words together, with the intent of abasement, that made no sense…'N-----r BITCH?!….Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you…FUCK YOU!!!"

    Hoeke issued a new statement, revealing she had exited her post. She said, "I regret that I have taken a stand too quickly regarding an article in Jackie/ – which moreover had no racial motive at its basis. Through the course of events, me and the publisher have concluded that 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."

    What do you think of this mess?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    12.22.11



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