Cardi B has responded to fans criticising her for putting Kylie Jenner in her new music video with Megan Thee Stallion, "WAP", saying “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.
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.”
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.”
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