By REBECCA SEALES
Outrageous: A Dutch magazine has apologised for an article in which Rihanna is referred to as a 'n****r bitch'
A Dutch fashion magazine has been forced to apologise after describing pop superstar Rihanna as a 'n****r b***h'.
The shocking slur appeared in the latest issue of Jackie, and sparked an immediate outcry from readers.
Editor-in-chief Eva Hoeke said there was no racist motive behind the statement - and claimed it was meant as a joke.
Writing on the magazine's Facebook page, she said: 'While the author meant no harm - the title of the article was intended as a joke - it was a bad joke, to say the least.
'And that slipped through my, the editor-in-chief’s, fingers. Stupid, painful and sucks for all concerned.'
The article in question also made reference to Rihanna's 'ghetto a**' and 'porn heels'.
Elsewhere it implied the singer is Jamaican, although she is actually from Barbados.
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'Rihanna, the good girl gone bad, is the ultimate n****r bitch and displays that gladly, and for her that means: what’s on can come off. If that means she’ll be on stage half naked, then so be it,' the author wrote.
Ms Hoeke said on Facebook: 'I hope that you all believe there was absolutely no racist motive behind the choice of words.
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'It was naïve to think that this was an acceptable form of slang. You hear it all the time on TV and radio, then your idea of what is normal apparently shifts – but it was especially misguided: there was no malice behind it.'
The furore comes just days after Rihanna took to her Twitter page to describe a racist incident in a Portugal hotel.
The 23-year-old star said she was subjected to abuse by 'the most racist' man in Lisbon last weekend, and admitted she shouted back at him in her fury.
Clearly upset, Rihanna tweeted: 'I just met the most racist **** EVER!!!
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'This man said the craziest s**t about black women - called us dogs, sl**s, we don't look like s**t, we don't belong in the same hotels.
'Needless to say, the #N**** in me came out! Bajan accent and all! Lol! Turns out the hotel manager's black.
'Oh and he had the NERVE to diss black people in his tighty whitey's!!!! SMH (shake my head)...and tbh (to be honest) a lil' black wouldn't hurt him.'
The altercation came after the singer performed a gig at Lisbon's Pavilhão Atlântico as part of her Loud world tour.