cardi b has some thoughts on the aftermath of the #metoo movement
“Nobody gives a fuck.”
Photography Oliver Hadlee Pearch. Styling Carlos Naziro.
Cardi B does not hold back. Whether she’s reporting live in a hairnet from her Grandma’s on Instagram, spitting bars about how you definitely shouldn’t fuck with her, or telling us that she likes to leave a little bit of herself wherever she goes (personality or farts), a lot of her appeal is her refreshing lack of filter. So it’s not surprising that when asked about the aftermath of the #metoo movement, she’s got a few thoughts.
“A lot of video vixens have spoke about this and nobody gives a fuck,” she told Cosmopolitan, referring to the women who model in hip-hop music videos and -- according to Cardi -- get treated like crap. “When I was trying to be a vixen, people were like, ‘You want to be on the cover of this magazine?’ Then they pull their dicks out. I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, ‘So what? You’re a ho. It don’t matter.’”
It’s the same sort of disrespect that strippers suffer, something Cardi’s all too familiar with. She tells Cosmo, “People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’ Because y’all don’t respect me because of it,” highlighting the fundamental hypocrisy at the heart of the patriarchy. On the one hand, hundreds of years of systematic sexism have conditioned society to equate a woman’s value with their sexuality. On the other, when women try and use that to their advantage, they’re slut shamed and not taken seriously. But not if Cardi has anything to do with it: “Y’all going to respect these strippers from now on.”
What about the #wokebaes peeping through the woodwork? The dudes claiming that they really truly are a Good Person™? Cardi has some thoughts on them too: “These producers and directors,” she tells Cosmo, “they’re not woke, they’re scared.” They should be.
This article originally appeared on i-D UK.