Cardi B Defends Kylie Jenner’s Cameo In Her ‘WAP’ Music Video, Says Not Everything Is About Race
The catchy tune and video, which dropped last Friday, features not only a cameo by Kylie, but also appearances by an impressive line-up of female musicians of colour. Among them are up-and-coming artists Mulatto, Sukihana and Rubi Rose, as well as established musicians Normani and Rosalia.
Fans, however, were quick to point out that Kylie’s slot could’ve been given to another budding musician of colour, and that her scene – walking down a hallway and opening a door – was far from equal to the scenes of the other women.
I wonder how much money Kylie Jenner got for walking down the hallway and opening the door.
Why Is Kylie even there pic.twitter.com/e7NkcOt5kd
— The Former Mrs. Jameson 🥃 (@_ShaunJohn_) August 7, 2020
Still confused about @KylieJenner role in the video .. was she opening the door to sing Rise and Shine to Stormi?
I’m confused 🥴
— YouTube: Ariana Unfiltered (@arianakumst) August 7, 2020
imagine walking down a hallway and opening up a door whilst looking into the camera....and getting this many people mad dkjdjd the irrational hate and mental gymnastics performed to hate on miss kylie jenner is actually comical pic.twitter.com/lNfsu26pkG
— IYKYK (@D_Radiance) August 7, 2020
Omg cardi b really killing WAP. Wow
Really felt this - I could make ya bust before I ever meet ya.
Only thing I dint get was why Kylie Jenner was opening some door?
— Darshini ಪ್ರೇಮಿ (@vadesambar) August 7, 2020
— Jeff Benjamin (@Jeff__Benjamin) August 9, 2020
— Ben Yahr (@benyahr) August 8, 2020
— Housewives Historian (@cuntneykardash) August 7, 2020
Now, Cardi has defended the casting. Alongside a screengrab from the video of Normani doing the splits, writer Danielle Young had tweeted: “Normani did ALL this and Kylie walked down the hall and opened a door.”
Danielle had added: “If that’s not the perfect visual indication of Black women having to do the most and white women do the bare minimum to get somewhere, I don't know what is.”
Normani did ALL this and Kylie walked down the hall and opened a door.
If that’s not a perfect visual indication of Black women having to do the most and white women do the bare minimum to get somewhere, I don’t know what is. https://t.co/ZGvbfzQeLs
— Danielle Young (@RhapsoDani) August 7, 2020
Cardi retweeted Danielle’s comments, responding in a since-deleted lengthy note: “Normani is one of the best female artist that dances Like she dances her f--king a-- off!Why would she open a door?” she began. “Please tell me how that would make sense?The best part of the song is the beat&hook it what makes you want to shake your a--.”
She continued: “Not everything is about race. Theres issues out here in the world that it is about race that I i preach all the time about.Thjs is not about f--kin race.” She finished by explaining why she’d chosen Kylie in particular for the video, saying Cardi’s husband Offset is close with Kylie’s ex Travis Scott.
“Why did i put Kylie on my music video?she treated my sister and daughter so lovely at her kid bday party. Travis and Set are real close and Kris Jenner have giving me advice on certain things I ask for and her husband real close with mine.”
"This is not about f*ckin race. Why did I put Kylie on my music video? She treated my sister and daughter so lovely at her kid bday party." pic.twitter.com/VcXOMQ4r0x
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 10, 2020
Ahead of the video’s drop, Cardi had said she’d taken careful consideration with the casting. “I wanted a lot of different females, not just female rappers. ... Y'all going to see it on the music video as well, from models to influencers and everything. And I really wanted the video to be very sexy, very clean, very nice, very cut," she told Apple Music via Entertainment Tonight. "I'm like, 'These are the girls that I personally like. That I like they music. That I really feel they are going to go mainstream, to me.'"
Catch the full clip here:
Main Image Credit: "WAP", Cardi B ft Megan Thee Stallion
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