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Cardi B Hits Back After Criticism From Carole Baskin About Using Big Cats In WAP Video

Cardi B Hits Back After Criticism From Carole Baskin About Using Big Cats In WAP Video

Cardi B has hit back after Tiger King star Carole Baskin criticised the use of big cats in the WAP music video.

Earlier this week Baskin spoke out against the use of the cats and claimed it was likely that a 'big cat pimp' was used to acquire the animals for the video.

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Credit: Atlantic Records

But now in an interview with i-D Cardi has said she isn't 'going to engage' with Baskin about the claims.

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She said: "I'm not going to engage with Carole Baskin on that.

"Like, that's just ridiculous you know? Oh, Lord. Like, girl you killed your goddamn husband."

Cardi was making reference to unsubstantiated claims made by several people in the Tiger King documentary about the disappearance of Baskin's second husband. No charges have ever been brought against Baskin in relation to the 1997 disappearance.

Cardi versus Carole might be one of the most bizarre celebrity feuds, but let's face it, at this point in 2020, is anything surprising?

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It all started when Baskin shared a statement with Billboard, in which she said: "My guess is that most people won't even see the Photoshopped cats in the scenes because the rest of it is so lurid.

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"I was happy to see that it does appear to all be Photoshopped.

"It didn't look like the cats were really in the rooms with the singers. In fact, probably most of the rooms were Photoshopped in via green screen.

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"That being said, you have to pose a wildcat in front of a green screen to get that image and that doesn't happen in the wild."

She went on: "It can't happen in sanctuaries like ours where cats have plenty of room to avoid a green screen (or would shred it if offered access and could die from ingesting it).

"That tells me they probably dealt with one of the big cat pimps, who makes a living from beating, shocking and starving cats to make them stand on cue in front of a green screen in a studio. That's never good for the cat.

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"The worst part is that it glamourises the idea of rich people having tigers as pets. That makes every ignorant follower want to imitate by doing the same.

"After tigers are too old for pay to play sessions by people like Joe Exotic, Bhagavan Antle, Marc McCarthy, Mario Tabraue and others, they become a liability instead of an asset.

"While I think most are destroyed behind closed gates at that point, some end up being given away to people who want to have a tiger to show off.

"That never works out and the cats either die or end up dumped in sanctuaries or, worse yet, breeding mills. Either way, it's always abusive to the cat."

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Topics: Celebrity, Music, Animals

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]