Cardi B Shuts Down Critics Who Compared "WAP" Performance To Dr. Seuss Being "Cancelled"
The rapper took to Twitter to drag conservatives who obsessively condemned her performance of “WAP” during the Grammy Awards.
Cardi B is fed up with conservative critics comparing the nationally televised performance of her popular 2020 song “WAP” to the “cancellation” of little-known Dr. Seuss books for having racist imagery.
The musician and entertainer responded to critics’ beef with supposedly palatable art in multiple tweets this week after she performed her sex-positive hit “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion during the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. The performance was one of the most-talked-about parts of the entire show, with many people praising the two performers.
With the praise came conservatives pitting “WAP” being performed on live television against other recent cultural events, such as Dr. Seuss books being pulled from shelves and Hasbro altering Mr. Potato Head’s name. Since the song, which is highly focused on women’s pleasure, dropped last summer, conservatives have seized on condemning it; conservative Ben Shapiro memorably read the lyrics online and became an instant meme.
“They have cancelled or censored Dumbo, Peter Pan, Pepe Le Pew, Mr. Potato Head, Dr. Seuss, Lady and the Tramp, removed classics like Grease and Gone With The Wind, a classic Christmas song, "Baby It's Cold Outside"... but soft porn is now okay for primetime TV with Cardi B & WAP?” one tweet read.
Earlier this month, Dr. Seuss Enterprises pulled six of the late author’s books from publication for portraying people as “hurtful and wrong” after years of criticism for racist imagery. The company consulted with a “panel of experts, including educators” when making its decision.
On Monday, a conservative columnist tweeted about Cardi B’s song, which as of Tuesday has more than 9,500 likes, saying that the lyrics to “WAP” are “more welcome in some schools than Dr. Seuss books.”
Cardi B quickly responded, writing, “When has a school made kids read the lyrics to wap?” She then followed it up with another tweet pointing out that Dr. Seuss’ legacy company made the decision to pull the books.
Fox News covered the controversial Grammy’s performance more than once on its shows, including on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” During a segment, Carlson played the performance multiple times; pro-Trump conservative guest Candace Owens said it was part of the “destruction of American values and principles and it's terrifying.” Another Fox News guest Larry Elder compared their performance to going to a strip club.
Cardi B wasn’t alone in calling out conservatives for their criticism — other people joined in on dragging those who disapproved of the “WAP” performance: