Cardi B And Her Fans Clapped Back Against Women Trying To Say Her Twerk Video Damages Women In The #MeToo Era
Cardi B has been in the thick of the political banter recently, and it’s giving the Internet life. It all started with Cardi throwing shade at POTUS for the longest government shutdown in history. She spoke candidly about the information about the shutdown that she had and how the lack of government operating has left her scared and wondering what we should be doing.
During the discussion, people pointed out her new video for “Twerk” and started to call her out on what it does for feminism. Cardi responded and let them know it is all about a woman’s choice to do as they please.
Let it be known that Cardi B’s video is twerk gold.Cardi B / YouTube
It’s a twerk video. Literally, every single scene is going to feature women of all shapes and sizes, ethnicities, cultures, backgrounds, etc., united in the art of twerk. We begin in Miami.
The producers set up the video to be an actual twerking contest.Cardi B / YouTube
Apparently, the women featured in this video are the best of the best. They had to submit their best twerking videos for consideration and were selected to enter the final competition for a grand prize.
Of course, Cardi B and Yung Miami are showing off their own twerk game.Cardi B / YouTube
As we all know, Cardi B made her start pole dancing. She eventually used the money to work on her music, be featured in Love & Hip Hop and break out into the music industry.
The collab flew out 20 women, all expenses paid, to compete for $25,000.Cardi B / YouTube
I think anyone who can do what she’s doing still deserves a prize. Now imagine her twerking. These girls are earning their place as both professional dancers and for a fat cash prize.
While the honor of performing in the video itself will be profitable for their careers, you can’t beat cash money.Cardi B / YouTube
You must watch this video to truly understand the raw talent here. This is Cardi B giving back to her own community in a very real way.
The music video opens up with commentary like “it’s sexual and it’s inappropriate.”Cardi B / YouTube
From the offset, they’re making a statement against what conservative male critics have had to say about the mostly minority women who have made the twerk so popular. It’s code for “don’t @ me.”
Obviously the Internet gives people a chance to share their opinions.@StephMHamill / Twitter
Let it be known that Stephanie Hamill is a journalist for the Daily Caller, a notoriously opinionated conservative media channel. While she hasn’t talked openly about her Latina culture on her show or advocated for Latinos, she did respond to some Twitter critics by saying that she is Latina.
She calls out Cardi B and questions her contribution to the feminist agenda.@StephMHamill / Twitter
It’s clear that Hamill is trying to bait people into an argument when she calls for “leftists” to chime in.
The Bardi Gang and non-affiliated feminists alike called this woman’s motives out real quick.@kelleent / Twitter
The most shocking part of all this is that Hamill defends herself by saying that she is Latina, just like Cardi B. Nope. Not like Cardi B. Cardi B is Afro-Latina and uses her platform to uplift people like her.
Cardi dog walks Hamill using her own words against her… “chime in” eh?@iamcardib / Twitter
The #MeToo movement is about holding sexual predators and harassers accountable. What does a twerking video have to do with holding these people accountable?
Some people brought their dated feminist agendas to the table and were quickly told to discard and download the new one.@JannyJ922 / Twitter
Safety as a woman shouldn’t be a performance that determines whether or not you’re worthy of respect and dignity. Gone are the days of pretending that we’re not embodied beings. We’re taking up space now.
The majority of gente schooled the Internet on consent real quick.@trryjeffords / Twitter
An invitation sounds like a resounding “Yes” and nothing less. Thankfully, this moral code is being ratified in legislation. For example, California only acknowledges affirmative consent, meaning “Yes means Yes” rather than “No means No.”
Hamill responded by sweeping the entire anthology of post-modern sex work affirmation under the rug.@StephMHamill / Twitter
There are a lot of different opinions here. One is that we shouldn’t be so focused on performing to the standard of what men think of women. Rather, we should be reshaping male perceptions of women to be more all-encompassing. You’re not either intelligent or sexy. Women are all these things, and neither one negates the other.
A key element of this video is that the male gaze is simply not present.@chyllville / Twitter
For a lot of women, the male gaze can be triggering and upsetting, because as much as we try to educate the public, we don’t know what men are thinking. We’ve all experienced when male gaze/thoughts turn to action, it can feel threatening. This video is purely a compilation of women taking up all the space in their bodies, doing whatever they want, and having fun, free of that sense of intimidation.
Plus, there’s the argument that the taboos around sex work are pure patriarchal oppression.@jewstein3000 / Twitter
If men can become strippers and earn a little money on the side for the appreciation of their male bodies, then why is it that when women do that, everyone picks up a pitchfork? Nope. Some feminists even argue that gone are the days of women can do everything men can do, and more.
Oh, and then there’s the problem of white women trying to slap their narrative on women of color.@kelleent / Twitter
There is a real discussion happening about the difference of feminism for white women vs women of color. It is a discussion that is challenging the status quo of feminism itself and the need to include more diverse voices in the room.
This is what equality looks like:@SageSlays / Twitter
Don’t believe in birth control? You do you, boo. Make $25,000 off your unstoppable twerking self? Get it, honey. As long as we all respect each other’s choices, we’re in it together.
Let’s also talk about how Hamill herself was trying to capitalize off what she implies is Cardi B’s overly sexual video.@MichaelaOkla / Twitter
Literally, Cardi had no time for this and didn’t even dignify Hamill’s request with a response. Don’t try to play nice with Cardi.
It’s a pattern.@willie_topeka / Twitter
Conservative media might be the biggest chisme production of all time. Cardi has been in the thick of it with this bobos all week long.
So, let ya girls do their thing in peace, por favor.Cardi B / YouTube
Cardi B is proving that you cannot come for a girl from the Bronx without having your argument in line and fact-checked.
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