After criticizing Trump’s administration, Cardi B has been facing nasty comments from Republicans on social media. While she usually ignores the hate, the rapper clapped back to conservative journalist Stephanie Hamill, who shamed Cardi for the music video “Twerk,” claiming that it does nothing to empower women.
Hamill took to Twitter on January 21 to share an extract from City Girls’ and Cardi B music video for “Twerk,” which features the rappers, wearing only body paint in some scenes, while twerking and dancing on poles alongside a dozen of women. The Daily Caller columnist captioned it:
“In the Era of #meToo how exactly does this empower women? Leftists, @iamcardib, feel free to chime in. THX ..”
Stephanie’s tweet seemed to imply that, a video with women wearing little to no clothes and sexily dancing, is somehow counteractive to the “Me too” movement. It’s a mindset that has taken roots in conservative minds that a woman owning her sexuality and showing it off is somehow encouraging sexual harassment and rape.
Not one to back down from a showdown, Cardi slammed Hamill by replying:
“It says to women that I can wear and not wear whatever I want. do w.e I want and that NO still means NO. So Stephanie chime in..”
“If I twerk and be half naked does that mean I deserve to get raped and molested? I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks.”
Many fans backed up Cardi’s position. User @CMSutton wrote:
“Women dressing how they want & doing what they want without fear is empowering. Implying its objectification means you view it through the same antiquated, predatory, patriarchal lens #MeToo fights against. That makes @STEPHMHAMILL a part of the problem.”
But despite the thousands of “leftists” in her mentions, Hamill didn’t back up from her initial statement. She replied to Cardi that while she agrees on the fact that “no means no,” the Twerk video, and many similar others, sexually objectify women and are not helping the “cause.”
She tried to lighten the mood by adding:
“Clearly we see things differently, (maybe I'm just a hater bc I can't Twerk)”
Rapper and music producer Wale came to Cardi’s defense too, telling Hamill that her point “made no sense” and stating she was just jealous because she lacks the coordination and rhythm to be able to twerk.
In a separate tweet, Cardi also touched on the targeted attacks she’s been getting on social media after publicly criticizing Trump’s administration for the largest government shutdown that the U.S has seen ever.
“All these conservatives been harassing me and telling me the most disgusting things these past few days,” she wrote. “Listen I’m not telling ya to turn liberal all I’m saying is to admit that your president is [expletive] up this country right now! Liberal or conservative we ALL suffer as citizens.”
After the federal government shutdown resulted in thousands of employees working without pay for weeks, the 26-year-old rapper called out the Trump administration and expressed her thoughts about the situation on a video she shared on Instagram last Wednesday.
Aside from ranting about the shutdown, she called out President Donald Trump for forcing his federal employees to return to work without being paid all because he is trying to construct a border wall between Mexico and the United States.
The shutdown happened after the Congress did not give President Donald Trump the approval to spend $5.7 billion for the border wall between Mexico and the United States. Now, almost a month in, more than 800,000 federal employees are facing their second month without pay.