This Sunday evening was amazing on so many levels.
For example, the audience was able to watch the 63rd Grammy awards that took place in Los Angeles.
Trevor Noah hosted the show. And this time, the semi-socially distanced ceremony celebrated last year’s musical heroes. Moreover, the notable awards went to Beyoncé Knowles, Taylor Swift, and Billie Eilish.
Of course, there’s been no Grammy Award show without some juicy topics to devour in the aftermath.
This year, the lights shined in Cardi B’s direction.
Dominating All Social Media And Attention
All social media and headlines were dominated by one topic: Cardi B’s performance of her hit song, WAP.
Together with Megan Thee Stallion on stage for the first time, they brought the monumentally popular song to life.
However, media members couldn’t celebrate the performance more enthusiastically, even if they tried.
What The Media Said
Chloe Melas from CNN described Cardi’s performance as a very sex-positive performance.
“They gloriously twerked and strutted and owned the stage in Barbarella-esque outfits, referencing female empowerment, sexual pride, and delivering undoubtedly one of the most memorable Grammy performances of all time.”
People magazine also shared their impressions, describing the performance as provocative.
“If it existed, the trophy for the night’s most jaw-dropping moment would’ve gone to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.”
The team from Variety thought that the onstage spectacle was jaw-dropping. They also mentioned how the song’s message of sexual empowerment remained clear.
For any of those curious souls who hadn’t heard the song, or didn’t pay attention to its lyrics – the song’s message begins with these lines:
“I said, certified freak, seven days a week, wet-a** p**** make that pull-out game weak.”
Then continues to demonstrate some very lyrical content:
“Bring a bucket and a mop for this wet-a** p**** Spit in my mouth, look in my eyes, this p**** is wet, come take a dive.”
Another hidden gem highlights the song:
“Gobble me, swallow me, drip down the side of me.”
And like this wasn’t enough, the masterpiece ends with:
“There’s some whores in this house. There’s some whores in this house.”
Cardi B sang these same lines while she was twirling on a stripper pole. Later, she joined Megan Thee Stallion on a bed to writhe around, mimicking sexual acts.
Conservatives Vs. Liberals
While conservatives are mocked for their pearl-clutching, it is important to note that the issue here is not the content of the song. It doesn’t matter even how it was performed on stage.
The problem is the context of the society in which it is lauded.
This Is The World That We Live In
WAP is an acronym for Wet A** P****, and it exists in a world that celebrates such performances as expressions of sex positivity and female empowerment.
Then again – this is the same world that now seeks to erase certain Dr. Seuss books for apparently portraying people in ways that are hurtful and wrong. A world where Disney hides Peter Pan and Dumbo from children due to outdated depictions. And a place in which French cartoon skunks are canceled for perpetuating rape culture.
It becomes impossible to argue that Dr. Seuss, Dumbo, and Pepe Le Pew must be annihilated from our society for different moral offenses.
Especially when, on the other hand, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s performance on Sunday evening is one of empowerment that must be celebrated.
Double Standards Much?
If Pepe Le Pew is canceled for perpetuating rape culture, then it is ridiculous to claim that Cardi B is not perpetuating that same supposed culture.
She indeed willingly presented herself as an easily accessible sexual object on a stripper pole, as men in the audience cheer her on.
We are witnesses of how our society evolves.
But sometimes, it’s devastating to be witnessing the growth of a culture where children are often more likely to watch Cardi B grind on a pole than the Dumbo or Peter Pan movies.
All of this, while the former stripper tells the audience how she wants them to park that big Mack truck right in this little garage.