Cardi B. set the record straight about why she does not allow her daughter to listen to her music.
On Sunday night, the 28-year-old rapper made headlines when she and Megan Thee Stallion performed their song "WAP" at the Grammy Awards. Transitioning from her hit "Up," Cardi began the performance dancing on a pole before she was joined by Megan and the pair crawled on a bed and danced with their legs intertwined.
Social media was abuzz following the performance, drawing praise from fans, including the Recording Academy.
— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) March 15, 2021
ok best performance goes to meg and cardi and it not even done yet this shit crazy
— Rebecca Black (@MsRebeccaBlack) March 15, 2021
— Justina Valentine (@JustinaMusic) March 15, 2021
Always here for Megan Thee Stallion & Cardi B. Two of the most unique & talented artists working in music today.
— Robert Ford (@raford3) March 15, 2021
The backlash was just as swift with many criticizing the Grammys for allowing the performance to air. Complaints to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) were even made. However, a spokesperson told TheWrap that the number of complaints were average for the type of event.
Even more criticism was directed at Cardi herself, particularly from Candace Owens. During a Monday night appearance on Tucker Carlson's show, the conservative commentator called the "WAP" production "an attack on American values, American traditions" and accused the Cardi and Megan of "actively trying to make children aspire to things that are grotesque." Cardi quote tweeted the clip and wrote, "Yaaaayyyyyyy WE MADE FOX NEWS GUYS !!! Wap wap wap." She went on to add, "Matter fact I'm just going to thank Candy (Owens) She put my performance on Fox News giving it more views that boosted the views on YouTube and is counting towards my streams and sales," the rapper tweeted. "STREAM UP AND WAP .REMEMBER GROWN PARENTS ONLY YOU CAN MONITOR WHAT YOUR KIDS WATCH NO1 ELSE."
Cardi further defended herself when a user took to a post on Instagram about the feud to question why she does not allow her 2-year-old daughter, Kulture, to listen to her music.
"But how is this she empowering women with her music but doesn't let her daughter listen? Don't you wanna empower your daughter also??" the commenter wrote, referencing a video Cardi previously shared of herself turning off "WAP" when it was playing in front of her toddler. After being questioned why, she responded, "I don’t make music for kids I make music for adults. Parents are responsible on what their children listen too or see...I’m a very sexual person but not around my child just like every other parent should be."
The rapper replied to the Instagram comment: "My daughter doesn't need to listen to music to be empowered neither should your children. The only way to empower your kids is by talking to them, boost their confidence and making sure they get a good education. I never ever said that WAP was made to empower women, I'm just a freaky person and this is not the first sex song ever made. Stop expecting celebs to raise your kids."
A large majority of commenters agreed with Cardi, citing that she makes music for adults.
"If you allow your kids to listen to WAP it's your fault not Cardi's. Be your own child's role model," one person said.
"Her music is directed toward women not children," a fan continued.
"She said what she said!!! Celebrities aren't meant to raise our children. That's what we are here for! To set examples first and foremost. My kids have never heard the song and that's how I choose to raise them," someone added.
Cardi has been open about her parenting style sharing sweet moments between her and her daughter on social media. After recently releasing a limited edition doll in her likeness, she shared the best lesson she has learned about being a mom in an interview with Today.
"The biggest lesson I learned is don't take advice from no other mothers, especially the ones on social media, the robot moms, the ones that tell you your kid's supposed to be off Pampers at 1 years old and then on binkies on 1 years old," she said. "Every kid is different, every kid develop different, and not everybody else's child is like my child."
She also admitted that Kulture, whom she shares with husband and fellow rapper Offset, is already taking after her mom.
"My child is just like me, mixed with her daddy," she said. "She's got a very strong personality, she wants what she want. She knows she's famous."
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