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Cardi B Slams MAGA Supporters Who Have Danced To ‘WAP’ For Harassing Her Sister Hennessey

Updated September 8, 2020.

It’s pretty much impossible right now to log onto the Internet or social media and not see and/or hear Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s number one hit, “WAP”. It. Is. Everywhere. And I’m not complaining. It’s definitely a bop. And if you’re tuned in at all, you probably already know what “WAP” stands for.

Of course, it’s generated tons of buzz – from the likes of Russell Brand to Tiger King’s Carole Basking, of all people. Now, though, it appears the hit song has a whole new audience that Cardi B wants nothing to do with – young Trump supporters.

Cardi B says she’s “calling the FBI” on a recent party of MAGA supporters who were seen dancing to ‘WAP’.

In a video uploaded on August 17, MAGA-wearing Trump supporters can be seen parting on a boat in Hawaii as “WAP” blasts in the background. The event was a self-described “Trump 2020 boat party” complete with banners and MAGA hats.

And Cardi wasn’t having any of it. She shared the video on her Twitter, calling out the partygoers for zero social distancing taking place on the boat.

“I’m callin the fbi on this festivity,” she adds. “They are not quarantining.” (Cardi B recently told i-D that she spent $100,000 on testing for the “WAP” video, so she does have room to talk when it comes to COVID-19 guidelines.) CB says the Trump boater video “makes my ass itchy” … and says she’s calling the feds, because the folks in the video are ignoring coronavirus safety precautions. You’ll notice a lack of masks and disregard for social distancing, and Cardi says they should be quarantining. We’re pretty sure she’s joking about the feds, but you get her point.

She also points out what many of us were already thinking and seems as confused as we are, writing: “Wasn’t republican conservative throwing a little fit bout this song?…”

‘WAP’ has become a majorly controversial song in the eyes of conservatives.

Credit: Atlantic Records / Cardi B / YouTube

As soon as Conservatives started finding out just what “WAP” meant, it’s become a target for the right and a point of political contention. Conservatives have gone on the attack against the record, but Cardi has never been one to shy away from confrontation. 

Men brag about their bod parts all the time in music. The only difference is that this time it’s a woman doing it. This song is about a woman’s body and she has every right to brag – it shouldn’t be made into a political topic. Yet, this and other facts—like a Black life mattering—seem to always spark controversy.

“I knew it was gonna have a big impact, I guess, because of me and Megan. But I didn’t know it was going to be so controversial,” Cardi said when speaking out the backlash from the song to i-D. “I never expected that, you know, conservatives and Republicans were going to be talking about the song. I didn’t think the song was as vulgar as they said it was, you know?”

Of course, all the controversy has only helped the single. The feminist-powered hit made history en route to landing in the number one slot on the Billboard Hot 100.

“It doesn’t make me angry,” Cardi continued to i-D. “It makes me happy. They keep talking and the numbers keep going up. At the end of the day, whatever they’re saying, the numbers speak for themselves.”

Meanwhile, Cardi B has been a welcomed voice in the Democratic primary process.

Cardi B has done something that few celebrities have been able to do – become a relevant (and much needed) voice in political discussions. She has used her huge platform and influence to help shape conversations between politicians and her fans.

Since the beginning of her career, Cardi has interjected herself into the political sphere in hopes to spark meaningful change. She continues to do this by backing former Democratic Presidental candidate Bernie Sanders and speaking directly to the current candidate, Joe Biden. 

‘I just want Trump out,’ she said. ‘His mouth gets us in trouble so much. I don’t want to be lied to—we’re dealing with a pandemic right now, and I just want answers. I want to know when this will be over. I want to go back to my job.

‘But I don’t want someone to lie to me and tell me that it’s okay not to wear a mask, that everything is going to be okay. 

She added: ‘I want a president to tell me what the steps are for us to get better, to tell me, ‘This is why it is taking so long, this is why other countries are doing better than ours.”  

Soon after her interview with Biden, Cardi B was attacked by conservative activist Candace Owens.

The Black political pundit initiated a war of words with Cardi on social media this past Sunday night when she accused the rapper of being “illiterate” and a tool for Joe Biden to pander to the Black community.

“It is one of the biggest insults. If Black Americans are not insulted by the fact that Joe Biden, who has been hiding in his basement, you know, for the entire year, made an appearance to come out because he was going do an interview with Cardi B. Do we have nothing better to offer?” Owens said during an interview with conservative pundit Ben Shapiro which she shared on Twitter.

“[Joe Biden], you are pandering,” Owens said. “You look at Cardi B’s Instagram, and you see she has millions of followers, and you think, ‘OK, this is an illiterate person, and if I appeal to this illiterate person’ … ‘They think she’s cool. She’s hip just by sitting here and taking this interview. Black people will vote for me.’ It’s basically saying, ‘Black people, you are stupid, you are dumb, and you are so foolish.’”

Cardi B quickly fired back at Owens, citing her celebrity status as a means for Biden to ask her to help him with his campaign. “You wanna know why joe gotta talk to me Candice cause I have the #1 song & yet my sister can’t go to the beach in the Hampton’s wit out trump supporters harassing cause they were by themselves,” Cardi B tweeted.

Cardi B underlined that her platform “can make millions go vote to get the MAN THAT USED YOU.”

“I don’t want to argue with you Candace I really don’t have the time,” Cardi B added. “I honestly just feel sorry for you.”

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Peru’s President Survives Impeachment Over Handling Of Coronavirus But What Happens Next?

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Peru’s President Survives Impeachment Over Handling Of Coronavirus But What Happens Next?

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Earlier this month, Peru’s Congress moved to initiate impeachment proceedings against the country’s president over his alleged involvement with a singer involved in a fraud case. However, Peru’s struggle to contain the Coroanvirus outbreak also became a focal point of the impeachment proceedings.

Although, President Martín Vizcarra survived the impeachment vote this week, his country is still spiraling out of control in terms of the Covid-19 pandemic. Peru now has one of the world’s highest mortality rates, made worse by political strife and Peruvians are wondering where the country goes next amid all the turmoil.

Peru’s President survived his impeachment trial but he still faces serious hurdles in the road ahead.

What started out as an alleged fraud and corruption case, devolved into a sort of referendum on Vizcarra’s handling of the country’s failed Coronavirus response. The Coronavirus tragedy has fueled political insurrection. On Sept. 18, an opportunistic legislature tried to oust the president, who has been dogged by accusations of misusing public funds and then covering up the scandal.

However, the revolt fell flat. Just 32 lawmakers voted to remove Vizcarra, glaringly short of the 87-vote impeachment threshold, which is a good thing. Regime change on top of a public health hecatomb might have pushed the afflicted nation that much closer to collapse.

The decision came after long hours of debate in which legislators blasted Vizcarra but also questioned whether a rushed impeachment process would only create more turmoil in the middle of a health and economic crisis.

“It’s not the moment to proceed with an impeachment which would add even more problems to the tragedy we are living,” lawmaker Francisco Sagasti said.

The original impeachment case stemmed from his alleged involvement with a singer who faced serious charges of fraud.

President Vizcarra faced the challenge to his leadership after the Congress approved a motion to start impeachment proceedings against him over leaked audio tapes and alleged ties to a singer involved in a fraud case.

Lawmakers in Peru’s Congress, a mosaic of parties from the left and right with no overall majority, heard recordings of two private conversations between Vizcarra and government officials about meetings with Richard Cisneros, a little-known singer.

Vizcarra told reporters that the new challenge represented “a plot to destabilise the government.” “I am not going to resign,” he said. “I have a commitment to Peru and I will fulfill it until the last day of my mandate.”

Presidential elections are due to be held next year and Vizcarra has already said he will not run again.

But given Peru’s failed Covid-19 response, the president also faces serious doubts in his abilities to bring the country back from the brink.

Latin America has been devastated by the pandemic and it’s only been exacerbated by the total obliteration of growing wealth across the region – as millions are left out of work. The pandemic has largely undone decades of hard work that helped pull millions of Latin Americans out of poverty.

And Peru once the showpiece of Latin American economies — growing at a pacesetting 6.1% a year between 2002 and 2013 and lifting 6.4 million out of poverty — the country saw gross domestic product fall 30% in the second quarter, and is likely to finish the year aound 17% poorer before rebounding next year, according to Bloomberg Economics. Despite generous aid to the poor and strict social distancing rules that drew international praise, the Andean country has been burdened by the pandemic with one of the world’s highest mortality rates.

The possibility of a president being impeached amid the pandemic, had many in the U.S. wondering if we could do the same.

In the U.S., Donald Trump has left much of the country to fend for itself as the pandemic ravages state after state. There has been little in the way of a national plan for how to overcome the outbreak. In fact, many lies about the virus, treatment, and contagion have come directly from the president himself.

He’s even instructed the CDC to stop sharing pandemic-related information with the public, and instead to send all data directly to the White House.

Donald Trump and his administration have sowed division and false information that has resulted in the deaths of more than 200,000 Americans and months of on and off again quarantine orders that seem to have no end in sight. With policies like this, it’s no surprise that some are seriously considering a second impeachment trial.

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

Tacovid: SaborViral / Facebook

Pandemia. Brote. Vacuna. La Peste. Although you may find these terms in a glossary about the Covid-19 outbreak, that’s not what these words actually refer to. Instead, they’re options on the menu at a Mexican taqueria called “Tacovid: Sabor Viral”, a perhaps surprisingly very successful Coronavirus-themed restaurant.

Although to many having a Covid-themed taqueria may seem morbid or disrespectful or perhaps gross – I mean who wants to order a plague taco? – the taqueria is making light of a very serious situation with humor. Something that several other businesses have done since the pandemic began.

”Tacovid: Sabor Viral” is the Mexican taqueria going viral – pun intended – for its Covid-themed menu.

Ok…virus-themed tacos don’t exactly sound appetizing. Especially, as we’re still in the midst of a very real pandemic. But one 23-year-old man in the Mexican city of León, who was forced to close down his dance studio because of Coronavirus, is counting on a Covid-themed restaurant – and so far he’s been surprised by its success.

Brandon Velázquez converted his dance academy into a taquería at the end of July, and given that Mexico and the rest of the world was – and is – in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic decided to call it Tacovid Sabor Viral.

“I had to close my dance academy during the pandemic [but] then an opportunity arose to return to the same place, however, people still did not go out for fear of getting infected.” he told the newspaper El Universal.

“I had always wanted to open a taqueria and, at the end of July, the opportunity to do so occurred. It was how I took advantage of the moment to create this business with a coronavirus theme,” he added.

Items on the menu are named after – you guessed it – the Coronavirus and don’t sound like anything you’d willfully choose to order.

The young entrepreneur detailed the name of each dish, taking full advantage of the Coronavirus theme.

“We have around 12 different dishes, among them are the ‘Tacovid’; we have ‘Forty’, ‘Quesanitizing’, ‘Pandemic’, ‘Outbreak’, and many others. The price varies depending on the dish you order,” he told El Universal.

In addition to themed dishes, the servers also fit the Coronavirus-theme.

When the pandemic hit Mexico, the government urged Mexicans to observe “su sana distancia” and the now common mascot – Susana Distancia – was born.

“In the restaurant, a waitress dressed as a nurse with the name of ‘Susana’ takes orders and works the tables, referring to the healthy distance campaign that was implemented as a precautionary measure,” he says.

To his surprise – and honestly mine as well – the taqueria has been very successful.

Brandon told El Universal that he’s been pleasantly surprised by the support he has received from customers. “I’m surprised because we have had really good sales, despite the circumstances, we have had a lot of support by the community and we’ve already expanded to have two locations.”

“Customers are funny about the theme we are using in the business, and they are delighted with the dishes we are offering. They enjoy it and have a good time,” added Brandon.

Things are looking so good for Brandon and his Covid-themed taqueria, that he’s looking to expand the food business and add new dishes to the menu. “There is always the idea of new names for other dishes that we want to include in the menu.”

Brandon also said that he’s looking to build out a business model so the restaurant could expand to other parts of the country as a franchise.

Apparently, people are really into Covid-themed foods, as this isn’t the first place that a shop as cashed in on the pandemic. Back in April, a panadería was selling out of Covid-themed baked goods so quickly, they couldn’t keep the shelves stocked.

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