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Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have seriously angered the Republicans and Carole Baskin with their new video

Reiss Smith August 10, 2020
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion walking down a twist Alice in Wonderland-style corridor in gowns in the WAP video

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion in the 'WAP' video. (YouTube)

While the gays are living for Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s stunning new single “WAP”, it hasn’t gone down quite as well in all quarters.

Cardi and Megan unleashed “WAP” – short for “Wet Ass P***y” – and its cameo-filled video on Friday (August 7) to five-star reviews, with many complimenting the song for its unashamed sexuality.

Naturally, the sight of two Black women enjoying their bodies was always going to prove infuriating for some. But after a spate of predictable criticism from conservatives, an unexpected jibe has come from none other than Tiger King star Carole Baskin.

Unlike others, Baskin isn’t offended by the track’s sexually explicit lyrics, but rather its use of big cats.

A number of scenes see Cardi and Megan performing in close proximity to tigers and leopards. Though they appear to have been filmed using green screens – meaning the big cats wouldn’t have been in the room with the stars – Baskin hit out at the video for “glamorising he idea of rich people having tigers as pets”.

“It didn’t look like the cats were really in the rooms with the singers,” Baskin told Metro.

“That being said, you have to pose a wildcat in front of a green screen to get that image and that doesn’t happen in the wild. It can’t happen in sanctuaries like ours where cats have plenty of room to avoid a green screen (or would shred it if offered access and could die from ingesting it)”.

She claimed that the cats would “probably” have been provided by “one of the big cat pimps, who makes a living from beating, shocking and starving cats to make them stand on cue in front of a green screen in a studio”.

Cardi B thinks it’s ‘kinda iconic’ that Republicans want to ban ‘WAP’.

Baskin’s criticism comes after Cardi B said she was “living” for the way in which “WAP” has angered several Republicans.

A number of politicians have criticised Cardi and Megan Thee Stallion, with some going as far as to call for an outright ban on the track.

Failed congressional candidate DeAnna Lorraine said the track “set the entire female gender back by 100 years”.

James P. Bradley, who is running for California’s 33rd district, claimed to have heard the song “accidentally”.

“Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure,” he claimed.

“Their new song made me want to pour holy water in my ears.”

In less salty corners of the internet, “WAP” and its video have become prime meme fodder, with many adding to its already length list of cameos.

As well as Normani, Rosalía and Kylie Jenner, the video also features appearances from rising stars Rubi Rose, Mulatto and Sukihana.

Twitter users have playfully added Viola Davis to the clip, with the How To Get Away With Murder actor sharing what her contribution might have looked like.

Kelly Rowland also shared a meme comparing her and Beyoncé’s wholesome “Brown Skin Girl” visual to the track.

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