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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Cardi B is proving that you cannot come for a girl from the Bronx without having your argument in line and fact-checked.


READ: Tomi Lahren And Cardi B’s Twitter Beef Over The Wall Brought In the Bardi Gang And It Was Lit

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Cardi B and Mariah Carey Teamed Up to Talk About Confidence, Insecurity, and Prejudice in the Music Industry

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Cardi B and Mariah Carey Teamed Up to Talk About Confidence, Insecurity, and Prejudice in the Music Industry

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At first glance, you may not think Cardi B and Mariah Carey have much in common. But the two chart-topping divas might actually be more similar than they are different.

Cardi B once called herself the “strip-club Mariah Carey”, so Interview magazine recruited the Afro-Venezuelan songstress herself to interview Belcalis.

In a new conversation in Interview magazine, Cardi B and Mariah Carey teamed up to talk about the challenges they’ve had to face as famous women of color coming from tough backgrounds.

And in case you thought otherwise, Mariah Carey was not throwing any softballs. The conversation was intense. The women covered everything from confidence, to body image, to prejudice in the music industry. It didn’t seem like either of the women held back.

Mimi opened the interview by asking Cardi if she ever felt beautiful as a child. Surprisingly, Cardi responded opened up about a topic that society doesn’t take about very often: anti-Blackness in the Latino community.

“I’m Trini and I’m Dominican, there’s a lot of Dominicans that look a certain type of way [in the Bronx]. They have soft, pretty, curly hair. Growing up, guys would ask me weird questions like, ‘If you’re Dominican, why is your hair so nappy?'”

Cardi went on to admit that she bleached and permed her hair when she was young to the point where she damaged her hair. But she soon learned to take care of her natural hair and appreciate it for what it was.

Cardi’s confession about her hair prompted Mariah to reveal her own vulnerable story. “It was a very traumatizing thing for me having a black father and a white mother, because my mother, who raised me, didn’t really know about textured hair,” Mariah said.

The superstar duo also touched on the sensitive topics of racism and prejudice in the music and fashion industries.

In fact, MC point-blank asked Cardi B: “Do you feel that the record industry or the fashion industry, from your perspective, is inherently racist?”. Cardi explained that she wouldn’t technically use the word racist, but has “felt prejudice.”

“I have been involved in endorsement deals, and then I found out that certain white people got more money for their deals from the same company,” she said. “So it’s like, ‘When you’re not paying me what you’re paying these other people, why is that?’ It’s kind of insulting.”

Cardi also added that Black artists have a tougher time getting dressed by designers and getting seats at fashion shows, even though hip-hop culture influences fashion in so many ways.

Cardi B and Mariah Carey then bonded over the fact that both of them could only be themselves throughout their careers in the public eye.

Mariah applauded the fact that the public doesn’t require celebrities to have a squeaky-clean image anymore. “I do think people are much more accepting now,” she said. “…I do feel like people are, at least in some circles, allowed to be themselves and express themselves more than they were back in the day.”

“People expected me to be something specific, but I can only be me,” she added. “We’re similar in that way.”

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

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Salma Hayek Speaks Out About Filming The Sex Scene In ‘Desperado’ Calls It Traumatic

Salma Hayek is not putting her efforts of the #MeToo movement behind her. In fact, her most recent disclosure about her experience filming the 1995 movie Desperado proves she has yet to lose momentum. While the graphic film grossed $25.4 million in the United States box office and received rave reviews, Hayek says it wasn’t all great.

During a recent appearance on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast, Hayek opened up about her breakout role.


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Speaking about her experience Hayek explained that she had not known at the time that she did not know she had been signedup to film a sex scene with costar Antonio Banderas.

“So, when we were going to start shooting, I started to sob, ‘I don’t know that I can do it. I’m afraid,'” Hayek said in the interview with Shepard. “One of the things I was afraid of was Antonio — he was an absolute gentleman and so nice, and we’re still super close friends — but he was very free. It scared me that for him, it was like nothing. I started crying, and he was like, ‘Oh my God. You’re making me feel terrible.’ And I was so embarrassed that I was crying.”

Speaking more about the experience, Hayek underlined that Banderas and director Robert Rodriguez tried their best to make her feel comfortable on set. She also added that she felt as if Rodriguez “never put pressure” on her.

Still, Hayek says that the experience was traumatic.

“I was not letting go of the towel,” Hayek explained. “They would try to make me laugh. I would take it off for two seconds and start crying again. But we got through it. We did the best with what we could do at the time.”

“When you’re not you, then you can do it. But I keep thinking of my father and my brother,” she went onto explain. “And are they going to see it? And are they going to get teased? Guys don’t have that. Your father will be, ‘Yeah! That’s my son!'”

Hayek and Banderas have remained friends since filming and they have gone on to star in five other projects.


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In fact, just last year, Hayek presented Banderas with an award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Banderas was honored for his role in Pain & Glory with the International Star Award.

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