The outcry against the artist is more about fear of the sexuality of black women than an expression of feminism.
After shielding her young daughter from explicit sexual music, Cardi B came under fire this week. When her two-year-old daughter Kulture went into the room, the Bronx-raised rapper was dancing to her own song WAP – which is notorious for its sexually explicit lyrics.
“If your daughter can’t hear it, why are you even doing the song?”If your daughter can’t hear it, why are you even doing this song?
When the song was first published, we should have known that individuals will object because it promotes female desire openly. The track was renamed “What happens when children are raised without God.” by a Republican nominee running for Senate.
But it’s hard not to see this as a terror, rather than an expression of feminism or moral indignation, of black female sexuality. What about other hits by men in the same genre such as Throat Boy, Nasty Girl, and Drankin N Smokin for those whose problem with the song was supposed to be about the sexually explicit nature? “Lol dudes will scream ‘slob on my knob’ word for word and crying abt WAP bye lil boy.”Lol dudes will shout word for word’ slob on my knob ‘and weep abt WAP bye lil boy.
The verse in “Birkin” by Cardi B’s husband Offset included lines about serving and obeying a man in return for a luxury object, and yet no one at the time worried about culture.
The simple act of black women moving to new towns has created moral outrage about sexual degeneracy for decades.
“Representations of Black women in U.S. popular culture and public discourse often portray them as … policable moral failures.” as Rutgers University scholars put it in 2015.
Cardi was punished in this second wave of criticism for making a song that “her daughter can’t hear” but “everyone else’s daughter can.”
Interestingly, they see themselves as being less likely to just zone out than Cardi.
Called a hypocrite, Cardi answered, “I don’t do children’s music, I do adult music. Parents are accountable for what their children are listening to or watching.”
I am a very sexual person, but not like any other parent should be with my boy.’
Banning adult content from children is not unusual.
A 2016 study showed that 95% of parents of children between the ages of 13 and 17 spoke about healthy music and television consumption with their teenagers.
It’s no wonder that Cardi rejected a song with sexually suggestive lyrics, like many other parents, even though they were her own.
But, though condemning Cardi for making the same parenting decisions they did, people seemed more troubled by the artist making music they wouldn’t want their own kids exposed to. Would the angry listeners have preferred Cardi to turn the volume up and instead sing to Kulture “bring a bucket and a mop for this wet-ass pussy”?
Where would that leave anyone drinking, smoking and having sex if adults can’t stop their children from participating in the same behaviors we do? Can’t you enjoy things, work in industries, or live a lifestyle that at a young age you wouldn’t want your child to know about? All in all, it seems like yet another example of never being able to get a break from black people.