Rihanna’s Met Gala Outfit Is Being Slammed As “Offensive” & People Are Divided

9 May 2018, 11:59 | Updated: 9 May 2018, 12:11

Rihanna at the Met Gala 2018

The singer's outfit sparked outrage among some.

Rihanna has sparked major debate online following her hotly anticipated appearance at the Met Gala 2018.

The Bajan songstress turned heads in her custom-made jewel-encrusted ensemble, a creation of designer John Galliano, which also featured crosses and an ornate papal mitre headdress.

Rihanna Met Gala 2018

And while she garnered praise from many for adhering precisely to the theme of "Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination", the dress offended others.

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"As a practicing Catholic, this is offensive to me," wrote one user, "My Faith is not your fashion." Another added, "Very offensive dress do not like it! Appropriating religious ritual dressings!"

However, many fans jumped to the singer's defence following the backlash, arguing that the costume was not a symbol of cultural appropriation.

In addition, some pointed out that the Catholic church reportedly approved of this year's theme and even donated a number items from the Vatican for the event.

"I’m Catholic and I don’t think Rihanna’s outfit was offensive" commented one user.

Rihanna is yet to respond to the controversy.

Meanwhile, the Fenty Beauty entrepreneur recently divulged details of her upcoming ninth album, which is rumoured to drop later this year.

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