Cardi B denies sharing transphobic meme on Facebook
Cardi B has denied sharing an anti-trans meme on Facebook.
The 25-year-old rapper blamed the image, which shows a cartoon figure looking out a window with the message “I hope nobody sees this Tranny leave my house” above them, on a fired employee.
The Grammy-nominated singer, who earlier this year revealed that she’d had multiple same-sex encounters, received backlash after the original post.
She was labelled a “bully,” while one commenter wrote: “‘Jokes’ like this are what gets trans women murdered.”
This year alone, at least 20 trans people have been killed in the US, with the latest death—20-year-old Londonn Moore, in Florida—being reported last week. Most of the victims have been trans women of colour.
In response, Cardi B—whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar—tweeted on Sunday (September 16): “It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page.
“For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.”
Cardi B courted controversy earlier this year when she defended her now-husband, Migos rapper Offset, after he used an anti-gay lyric in his song.
In the song “Boss Life,” the rapper sang: “I cannot vibe with queers.”
But Cardi B said she had seen Offset “around gays” and that she knew “he’s not” homophobic.
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In a Periscope video, she said: “I’m not going to let somebody call him ‘homophobic’ when I know that he’s not, and I’m saying this because I seen him… around gays, and he treats them with the same respect he treats everybody.
“He never acts uncomfortable and he just don’t care.”
“Now, that’s a word that you guys say that it’s a bad word for gays – I never even heard that word in the first place – why don’t y’all educate people about it?” she added.
“A lot of people are not aware about what’s wrong or right in the LGBT community. Why don’t we do things to educate instead of bashing and trying to label something that they not? Our schools never teach us that these are bad words.”
Cardi B also featured on the controversial song “Girls,” kissing and holding hands with Rita Ora in the music video.