Dutch Magazine Editor Quits Over Rihanna Controversy

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December 20, 2011 | 8:50pm EST

The Dutch magazine editor at the center of a racial slur scandal regarding Rihanna has resigned from her job.
Fans of the Umbrella hitmaker were outraged to find the singer being referred to as a “n**ger b**ch” in the latest issue of Jackie Magazine, and editor-in-chief Eva Hoeke was forced to issue 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”, insisting the derogatory words had “no racist motive” and were “intended as a joke”.

But her comments were not enough for the R&B beauty and Rihanna took aim at the magazine in a series of angry posts on her Twitter.com page.

She wrote, “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!

“You put two words together, with the intent of abasement, that made no sense…’N**GA B**CH’?!….Well with all respect, on behalf of my race, here are my two words for you…F**K YOU!!!”

Now the controversy has cost Hoeke her job.

A new statement issued by Hoeke reads: “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.”

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