On Aug. 17, 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden was interviewed by Cardi B for Elle Magazine. She asked him questions about how his administration would deal with police reform, racial equality, and college debt, amongst other issues.
At the same time, her popular single featuring Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP,” was breaking records on the Billboard Hot 100 for several weeks. As of today, it is still charting at #2.
While I don’t question Cardi B’s sincerity, I wonder whether it was the best decision to allow her to interview the potential Leader of the Free World, especially with her infamous new song.
There is no denying Cardi B has stage presence and charisma. She can be wildly raucous and funny.
Yet I am left asking myself whether Cardi B is reflective of a healthy society. If Trump is symptomatic of our country’s unaddressed corruption, does music like Cardi B’s “WAP” reflect that corruption?
Upon watching the music video, I wasn’t shocked or amused; I was bored and saddened by her attempts at transgression. Her song, an acronym for “wet ass p****,” had none of the flare of “I Like It,” which made her enormous ego a charming asset. This felt more like the agitations of a lost soul.
When one of the most popular performers in the country can stay on top of the charts for weeks singing about her “p****,” is that not representative of something grossly wrong with our society?
The Washington Post had hardly a negative thing to say about it. The only exception was an article titled, “The ‘WAP’ music video controversy that no one is talking about,” which was concerned about the welfare of the wildcats – the wildcats both performers emulated through animal print lingerie – featured in the music video.
The New York Times was laudatory of “WAP.”
Jen Gunter, a gynecologist, wrote a piece in the Times called, “The Glory (and the Taboo) of ‘WAP.’” She praises Cardi and Megan for bringing up the issue of vaginal lubrication, a question she says many of her patients struggle with for fear of abnormality.
“So as I watched Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion praise a wet and gushy vagina in a stunning display of confidence – and not just sexual confidence – I was thrilled.” Gunter said.
How anyone could seriously consider this to be an act of “confidence” is mind-boggling. An act of cynical narcissism seems more accurate.
The lyrics, which I won’t repeat, are a disservice to women. It saddens me how our society is so numb that somehow music like this can be touted as empowering.
On Oct. 8, Megan Thee Stallion’s former partner, Tory Lanez, now faces two felony charges after allegedly shooting her in the foot with an unregistered firearm in July.
Can this vicious attack at the hands of Megan’s partner be considered a shocker? The song debases women more effectively than any pornographer has.
Aside from several on-camera assaults, most notoriously when Cardi B struck Nicki Minaj in 2018 at New York Fashion Week, she has also admitted to seducing, drugging, and robbing her clients when she was a stripper in New York City.
After much prodding from the public, which had created #SurvivingCardiB, an allusion to alleged sexual predator R. Kelly, she released an apology through Twitter on March 26, 2019. She explained she was limited financially during that time and behaved in ways she regretted. In conclusion Cardi said, “The men I spoke about in my life were men that I dated and was involved with men that were conscious, willing and aware. I have a past that I can’t change we all do.”
It’s nice to know Cardi was courteous enough to ask the men permission to be drugged and robbed.
The symptom of our culture’s decay which allows Trump to thrive despite numerous alleged accusations of sexual misconduct and endless boarish pronouncements is the same disease that drives Cardi B’s records to #1.
While this is a highly unusual election, and I cannot truly fault Biden for speaking with a popular performer, it is demoralizing to think that this is how low our culture has fallen.
I do not find it shocking or coincidental that Trump is the president and Cardi B is interviewing Biden. Our polarization has allowed us to overlook bad behavior in the name of political expediency. This unconscious blindness hurts us all.