Cardi B has hit back at fan outrage over Kylie Jenner’s appearance in the ‘WAP’ music video.
The 27-year-old rapper said she had no regrets about asking Kylie to be in the NSFW clip for her new single with Megan Thee Stallion, addressing the controversy in since-deleted tweets.
Cardi’s comments came in direct response to writer and producer Danielle Young, who called out how different Kylie’s cameo is from Normani’s, commenting on a clip of the singer dancing while “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,” Young tweeted.
The tweet caught the attention of Cardi B, who replied: “Normani is one of the best female artist that dances Like she dances her f****** a** off! Why would she open a door? 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**.”
The Grammy winner also added: “Not everything is about race. Theres issues out here in the world that it is about race that [I] preach all the time about. [This] is not about f**** race.”
Cardi B went on to explain that she knows Kylie through her husband, rapper Offset, as he’s close with Travis Scott. Cardi B also noted that she’s close with KarJenner matriarch, Kris Jenner.
“Why did i put Kylie on my music video? she treated my sister and daughter so lovely at her kid bday party,” Cardi tweeted.
“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.”
Initially fans praised the rap artists for spotlighting Black women, but it didn’t take long for a petition to surface on Change.org calling for Kylie Jenner to be removed from the clip due to cultural appropriation.
“The video was perfect until we saw K and I wanted to throw my phone,” the petition creators explained.
And another fan agreed, commenting: “I was happily enjoying my daily cup of Brown women until that culture stealing colonizer showed up and made me spill.”
“She is a culture vulture who doesn’t remember how her own complexion looks! Down with the culture vultures,” was another angry comment.
Cardi B seemingly addressed the controversy on Friday, thanking all the “influential” women — like Rosalía, Mulatto, Sukihana, and Rubi Rose — who appeared.
She said she wanted to include “different women, that are different races and come from different backgrounds.”
A viral campaign soon called for Kylie to be replaced with Viola Davis, which amused the Oscar-winning actress. And although Cardi B is clearly happy with her decision, she had a fan-girl moment about Viola being in the video.