The editor of the Dutch fashion magazine Jackie resigned Tuesday (Dec. 20) just days after publishing an article describing singer Rihanna’s fashion style as “n****b****.”
Eva Hoeke, who had worked at the publication for eight years, quit after becoming embroiled in the racially-charged controversy. In an article describing Rihanna’s apparel, the magazine says, “She has street cred, she has a ghetto a** and she has a golden throat. Rihanna, the good girl gone bad, is the ultimate n****b**** and she displays that gladly — for her that means what’s on can come off. If that means she’ll be on stage half naked, then so be it.” [Note: Translated from Dutch per ONTD.]
As one might expect, this drew a strong reaction from the pop singer. She writes scathing remarks on her Twitter page and directs them at Hoeke.
“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!!” Rihanna writes.
Hoeke had tried to pass the whole thing off as a “joke,” but the hostility toward the publication continued. This left Hoeke only one option, to resign.
In a press release from the publication, Hoeke explains, “I realize that my first reaction through Twitter, in which I indicated that it was a joke, has been an incomplete description of what me, and also the author of the article, meant. The term ‘n****b****’ came from America and we solely used it to describe a style of dress…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.”