Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s latest X-rated song, WAP, which translates to Wet Ass P*ssy is courting lots of controversy, and strangely, some praise.
The video for the rap song, which dropped last week, has sent tongues wagging with many people calling it lewd, immoral and inappropriate.
Atlanta singer CeeLo Green recently criticised the women for the song, noting that there should be a “time and a place” for such acts. He went a step further and called their tactics “shameless.”
“A lot of music today is very unfortunate and disappointing on a personal and moral level,” he said. “There was once a time when we were savvy enough to code certain things. We could express to those it was meant for with the style of language we used. But, now music is shameless. It’s sheer savagery.”
He later apologised and walked back his criticisms after facing a barrage of insults online.
Some of Cardi B’s fans, however, are in love with her latest offering. They believe the video and the song are empowering women everywhere.
Perhaps it’s empowering a certain type of woman. But, it’s not empowering this woman.
I’m not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, please believe that. But, I don’t know how hearing two women boasting about their saturated nether regions is empowering.
When you are empowered, you feel stronger and more confident. You take control of your life. There was nothing about this song that made me feel more confident.
The song opens with the lines, “Whores in this house. There’s some whores in this house.” What the heck?
Honestly, if I were Megan Thee Stallion, the minute I heard that intro, I would have declined to be featured on that song. Unless, of course, she agrees that she is a whore.
I don’t know any woman out there who wants to be referred to as a whore. I don’t care if they are strippers or prostitutes. No woman wants to be degraded. Whore is not an empowering word. It is an insult.
If a man were to approach either of these female rappers and call them whores to their faces, they would not blush and say thank you. But, when you introduce yourself to the world as a whore, expect to be treated as a whore.
WAP Fails To Empower Podcaster, NadzBee
It appears I’m not alone in my thinking. Entertainment host and podcaster, Nadine ‘NadzBee’ Brown, in her Midnight StoryTime podcast, shared her views on the video, likening it to a Willie Wonka Whorehouse. Let’s stop for a minute to appreciate the alliteration.
Brown said after watching the video her initial response was, “meh, same old, same old.”
“Two female rappers talking about popping their asses, talking about their p*ssies. I mean, yawn,” she said.
“After looking at the internet I realised that a bunch of folks are making quite a big deal about it. They are discussing several things. The first thing they are discussing is female empowerment as it relates to the video. And then, they are also discussing Cardi’s one liner that says, ‘I don’t cook, I don’t clean, but I got this ring.’ The third one they are discussing is blackness as it relates to Kylie Jenner.”
I did not feel empowered not in the least by this song. Women, the things that empower you these days. I don’t want to sound condescending, but to each his own. This reminds me of when that sex show came out from 50 Shades of Gray. I didn’t feel empowered. First of all, women have been singing about their p*ssies and going half naked since even before the 80s. I respect Cardi’s and Meg’s work ethic. You cannot say anything about that. Cardi went from the stripper pole all the way to the Grammys status. So, how many of us can do that. There are still many people trying. “
I applaud those women for their seemingly meteoric rise in the industry, but this isn’t about personal achievements and accolades. This is about the message they are putting out for public consumption.
In my opinion, if a woman wants to know what female empowerment looks like, she needs to turn to rapper Queen Latifah and her video for Ladies First or U.N.I.T.Y. or rapper Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop. These are songs and videos that make me feel capable of doing anything and standing up for myself and being all that I was created to be.
Sorry Cardi and Megan, a song about a soaked vagina just doesn’t do it for me.
You can hear NadzBee on her podcast, Midnight StoryTime on Spotify every Friday night. You can listen to NadzBee’s podcast on WAP down below.
And if you want to hear and watch a truly empowering video, watch Queen Latifah’s U.N.I.T.Y. down below.
This Bahamian Gyal