Every Conservative to Attack Cardi B For 'WAP'

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion unleashed their song "WAP" to the world this month, opening the, ahem, floodgates for both praise and condemnation.

The catchy acronym, of course, stands for "Wet A** P****" and, while it has already been streamed more than 57 million times on Spotify and climbed all the way to the top of Billboard's Hot 100 songs, such a visceral description of women's anatomy and female pleasure has caused outrage among some listeners.

With "WAP" came the sort of moral outrage of old, led mainly by conservative voices.

Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, responded to critics in an interview with I-D.

"I always encourage people to be confident, especially when it comes to your sexuality," the 27-year-old said. "Some of these men are uncomfortable, they're not even comfortable being sensual," she said.

"Maybe you're conservative, but everybody got a little freak inside them, you know?" she added. "Every single person," she concluded. "Everybody gets horny, everybody gets a little tingle down there, you know what I'm saying. Just embrace it. Don't be scared about it."

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Cardi B attends The Big Game Weekend at The Dome Miami on February 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida. WireImage/Getty/Prince Williams

Conservatives who have attacked "WAP"

Ben Shapiro

Possibly one of the loudest criticisms of "WAP" came from conservative pundit Ben Shapiro.

Shapiro recited some of the song's lyrics on his show and concluded: "This is what feminists fought for. This is what the feminist movement was all about. It's not really about women being treated as independent, full rounded human beings. It's about wet-ass p-word. And if you say anything different you're a misogynist."

The podcaster went on to send the internet into meltdown when he delivered a spectacular self-own when he tweeted: "As I also discussed on the show, my only real concern is that the women involved—who apparently require a "bucket and a mop"—get the medical care they require. My doctor wife's differential diagnosis: bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, or trichomonis."

James P. Bradley

The video was only out mere hours when Republican congressional candidate from California James P. Bradley condemned "WAP" after hearing it "accidentally."

"Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion are what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure," Bradley wrote. "Their new 'song' The #WAP (which i heard accidentally) made me want to pour holy water in my ears and I feel sorry for future girls if this is their role model!

DeAnna Lorraine

DeAnna Lorraine, who recently lost a Republican primary election in Nancy Pelosi's California district also shared her disgust at "WAP," deeming it "trash and depravity."

She tweeted: "Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion just set the entire female gender back by 100 years with their disgusting & vile 'WAP' song. Remember, Bernie Sanders campaigned with Cardi B. Kamala Harris called her a role model," she continued. "The Democrats support this trash and depravity!"

Tucker Carlson

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson launched a tirade against the track on his show this week, asking what the lyrics are "doing to our kids?"

"We can't tell you what it stands for. We literally can't tell you what the name of the song is, much less its lyrics," he said, before urging his audience to look at the lyrics online and playing a video of Cardi B that he described as her "explaining to women how they can become more useful sex objects."

The video is of the rapper discussing vaginal hygiene.

Carlson added: "That's garbage. You don't need to be a puritan to think so. It's garbage. It's aimed at young American girls—maybe your girls, your granddaughters, and what is it doing to them? Can you imagine what it's doing to them?

"People are getting rich pushing that crap on the country, and they should be ashamed of themselves, but they're not ashamed of themselves."

Celebrities have also complained about the song

Robby Starbuck

Music video director Robby Starbuck is not a fan, deeming the song "vile trash."

He tweeted: "I've directed rap videos for Eve, Snoop Dogg, Gucci Mane, Ty Dolla Sign, Lil Yachty, Machine Gun Kelly, Akon and more. I'm not a prude. Art can be crazy. WAP by Cardi B is not art. It's just disgusting. It's not empowering, it's degrading. It's trash. Vile trash poisoning youth.

Russell Brand

Actor Russell Brand shared a video to social media yesterday this week titled "WAP: Feminist Masterpiece or Porn?" In the lengthy clip, he discusses the "cultural phenomena" surrounding the video and "its use of sexual imagery and female potency."

He asked whether women "achieve equality by aspiring to and replicating the values that have been established by males."

CeeLo Green

Rapper and singer CeeLo Green, who has kept a low profile recently, gave an interview where he criticized "WAP" for its "salacious gesturing."

Speaking to Far Out Magazine, the "F*** You" singer said: "Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, they are all more or less doing similar salacious gesturing to kinda get into position. I get it, the independent woman and being in control, the divine femininity and sexual expression. I get it all. He asked: "It comes at what cost?"

He later apologized on Twitter saying his quotes had been taken out of context.

Carole Baskin

One of the stars of Netflix sensation Tiger King Carole Baskin also criticized the "WAP" video for "glamorizing" the use of big cats in the music video.

She told Billboard: "My guess is that most people won't even see the Photoshopped cats in the scenes because the rest of it is so lurid."

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