Cardi B has broken her silence and spoken out in defense of her and Megan Thee Stallion's controversial performance of "WAP" at the 2021 Grammy Awards Ceremony...
And quite predictably, she didn't hold back!
Read on to hear what she had to say and to see how provocative the performance really was...
Now, as you may be aware, "WAP" isn't exactly the family-friendly track of the decade.
Cardi B and Meghan Thee Stallion's hit collaboration has been taking the world by storm ever since its release in August last year.
The song is riddled with sexual connotations and innuendos from start to finish...
And let's face it, we all know the lyrics at this point.
But that was just a warm-up!
And just when we thought that was enough...
The music video was released, and it blew us all away.
A whole host of female dancers feature in the video...
via: YouTubeBecause Cardi "wanted different types of bad b****es in my video. Black, white, Latin, mix."
And we can't forget Kylie Jenner's somewhat arbitrary appearance, can we?
One segment of the video shows the reality star walking seductively through the house in a revealing leopard print bodysuit - this then resulted in a petition being launched to get her removed from the video.
However, that doesn't mean the song hasn't experienced its success.
In the days following its release, Cardi excitedly took to Instagram to share that the song had reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and had the most streams in the first opening week in music history.
The music video has now had over three-hundred million views on YouTube...
And the powerhouse collaboration alone has amassed more than ninety million streams.
Many regard "WAP" as one of the most iconic feminist anthems of all time...
@laurenhtexas 🗣 If a woman doesn’t feel empowered by WAP she’s a fake feminist— 🌷 miguel 🌷 (@🌷 miguel 🌷)1607570585.0
With women from all over the world claiming to feel "empowered" by its lyrics.
However, on the other hand...
Some people aren't too impressed with the track, slamming it as "inappropriate" and "damaging to feminism."
WAP is disgusting. It pissed off a lot of people who raised daughters who respect themselves. I long for the days when hip hop portrayed our women as queens.— JulesWins (@Juleswinz) December 12, 2020
It's a divisive topic, to say the least.
But one thing that most people can agree on is that "WAP" is not appropriate for family listening.
Many have expressed their concern surrounding the effect this song will have upon young and vulnerable ears...
Not saying she needs to be cancelled, we're just saying tis a garbage song and her message is garbage and parents should be aware of it. I'm all for raunchy jokes and songs, but stuff like this shouldn't be on general airwaves or available to kids.— Helepolis (@RealMercHours) August 19, 2020
So, after seeing the duo perform the track at the 2021 Grammys Awards Ceremony on Sunday night, people were less than impressed.
As stated earlier, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion performed the song live for the first time during the 63rd annual event.
For their set, the stage was kitted out with poles, huge stiletto shoes, and a giant bed - did we expect anything less?
Megan kicked off their joint performance with a cabaret-style medley of "Body" and her now Grammy-winning smash "Savage"...
Before the opening notes of "WAP" started.
Admittedly, it was a "clean" version of the song, with certain words omitted out from the verses.
However, viewers have still been left outraged by the sexual nature of the choreography, with many claiming that it was way too explicit for a primetime show.
That was god aweful lip synced madness— Nigel Lew (@NigelLew2) March 15, 2021
Totally DISGUSTING— Rob Hutchison (@RobHutchison15) March 15, 2021
Way to keep it classy, ladies!— Blanco (@Blanco919Irish) March 15, 2021
Nasty, straight up porn on the Grammy on TV disgusting.— Overcomer (@57Overcomer) March 15, 2021
Why I had to see Cardi B WAP on CBS primetime is beyond me! What is this world coming too! SMH— So-Rare (@Rare_So_Rare) March 15, 2021
Candace Owens even went far enough to say that the performance of "WAP" was is a sign of the "destruction of American values and American principles."
Candace Owens says WAP being performed at the Grammy's signifies the "corrosion" and "end of an empire" pic.twitter.com/G1BpwUdTTH— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) March 16, 2021
But now, Cardi has decided to defend herself...
In the most Cardi B way ever.
In a series of tweets, the rapper started defended her provocative track and performance by dragging Dr. Seuss through the mud.
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 RACIST content! How can ya not tell the difference?I see that common sense aint that common. https://t.co/xyzbzrPZri— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 15, 2021
"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 RACIST content! How can ya not tell the difference? I see that common sense ain't that common," she tweeted.
She went on:
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 . https://t.co/F34fphVBIb— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 15, 2021
"By the way Dr. Seuss's 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."
Cardi then lashed out at conservatives.
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. https://t.co/F34fphVBIb— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 15, 2021
"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."
You can watch their full performance below.
What do you think? Was their set wildly inappropriate for a family-watched event? Or is this simply what empowered women look like in 2021?