Cardi B Defends WAP Performance With Megan Thee Stallion Following Grammys Backlash
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During this year's Grammy Awards Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion came under fire after they performed their sexually liberating track 'WAP'.
Now Cardi B has spoken out to defend their display on Sunday evening (14 March) after people called the show 'inappropriate'.
During a Fox News segment, US author Candace Owens said the performance being given the go ahead by the awards ceremony was a sign of the 'destruction of American values and American principles'.
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation also released a statement criticising the performance, with Senior Vice President and Executive Director Dawn Hawkins describing it as 'hardcore pornography'.
He said: "In a performance that could have been cut from a hardcore pornography film, CBS allowed a glamorization of stripping and prostitution to be broadcast in front of a national audience - a portion of which were children - for no other reason than for TV ratings.
"Despite the 'popularity' of the song performed by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, CBS should have never allowed this kind of explicit performance to happen at the Grammys."
Twitter users were also quick to bring up the removal of things such as Dr. Seuss books being pulled from the shelves because of 'racist' and 'harmful' imagery in relation to the performance being allowed to go ahead.
One person wrote: "So literal children's books are deemed inappropriate and cancelled [sic], but Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion can perform 'WAP' basically naked and everything's fine... What the hell happened to the America that I grew up in?"
They have cancelled or censored Dumbo, Peter Pan, Pepe Le Pew, Mr. Potato Head, Dr. Seuss, Lady and the Tramp, removed classics like Grease and Gone With The Wind, a classic Christmas song, "Baby It's Cold Outside"... but soft porn is now okay for primetime TV with Cardi B & WAP?
- Matt Couch (@RealMattCouch) March 15, 2021
In response Cardi B has taken to social media to defend both the song and the performance.
Responding to someone who claimed that kids were reading 'WAP' lyrics in school, the 28-year-old rapper wrote: "When has a school made kids read the lyrics to 'WAP'?
"I get it 'WAP' might be a lil vulgar but stop comparing a sensual song to books that has [sic] RACIST content! How can ya not tell the difference? I see that common sense aint that common."
She went on to add: "By the way Dr Seuss publishing company made the decisions to remove those books on their own.
"Black people are not the one telling these companies to do things that they think Is 'progressive,' black only ask for equal justice.
"Conservatives been making viral tweets comparing 'WAP' to the banning of some of Dr Seuss books as if there's any correlations between the two ...Well I can DEFINITELY tell some of ya ONLY read dr Seuss books [...] cause ya mind lacks comprehension."