By Nathalie Baptiste Reporter
Last week, rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released a collaboration called “WAP,” which stands for “wet-ass pussy,” and American Flag Emoji Twitter went apocalyptic. The rap superstars’ latest song was a celebration of vaginas, sexual arousal, and their use of either to get men to buy them rings and pay their tuition. Many people streamed the song and watched the music video lamenting the fact that the virus would keep us from properly enjoying it with our friends. Conservatives treated the song as some kind of personal affront.
This was odd. Surely “WAP” wasn’t the first explicit song they’d ever heard. Why the meltdown when there is so much other stuff going on? I think I have an idea, and it has something to do with all that other stuff. The song was about Black bodies, and in the past few months, white conservatives have made it clear that our bodies are supposed to be for labor, not for our own enjoyment.
Just look at these responses. DeAnna Lorraine, who previously ran for Congress against Nancy Pelosi, called the song “disgusting and vile” and linked Cardi B to Democratic senators.
James Bradley, who is currently running for Congress in California, claimed he “accidentally” heard a song that had yet to be released on the radio and decided to drop some racist tropes about Black dads.
Perhaps most comical of all was Ben Shapiro, conservative talk show host and avid tweeter, reading the lyrics aloud on his show. Shapiro was so horrified by such a brazen display of women enjoying sex that he censored the word pussy, giving meme makers the gift of the phrase “wet-ass p‑word.”
The message seemed to really offend the talk show host. “Pay my tuition just to kiss me on this wet-ass pussy,” Megan Thee Stallion raps. “This is what feminists fought for!” Shapiro says incredulously. “This is what the feminist movement was all about.”
While Shapiro and the others were busy wringing their hands about feminists indoctrinating children with scary rap lyrics, the country remains in serious crisis, especially for Black and Brown people.