Cardi B Is Talking About The Racist Slur She Used To Describe Her Daughter— “I never even knew that was a racial slur”
Updated August 12, 2020.
Cardi B has her flaws and blind spots and as such as faced quite a bit of backlash throughout her career for the times that she has misspoken or used stereotypes offhandedly.
Last year, we reported that the Dominican/ Trinidadian rapper had previously claimed in resurfaced 2020 live-stream on Instagram that in the past she “had drugged and robbed men” who had solicited her for sex. In another resurfaced clip, Cardi B claimed that boyfriends who cheated on her would experience her seducing them with the promise of a threesome only to reveal the morning after that their partner was a transwoman much to her boyfriends’ distress. At the time, it didn’t take long for fans and advocates to lambast her for her ignorant use of a transwoman to get revenge, while also potentially putting them in harm’s way.
Recently the “Bodack Yellow,” rapper copped to still being in need of some lessons on racial sensitivity.
In a recent profile for the September issue of Elle magazine, Cardi B spoke about her love of politics and her controversial moments.
She even addressed her cent use of a racial slur to describe her daughter Kulture‘s eyes.
The rapper landed herself in hot water last month after using an Asian slur while describing her daughter’s eye shape.
It all began when the mother to 2-year-old daughter Kulture shared a photo of what she might look like as an adult. In the comments, a fan was quick to point out that in the image looked like a combination of the rapper’s husband Offset and her sister Hennessy.
In response that has now been deleted Cardi B wrote “I think cause Hennessy got c*****y eyes like offset and so [does] KK. Its the only think [sic] I could think off [sic].”
Fans and critics were quick to call the Grammy award winner out for the use of the racial slur. To which she responded it came from a place of ignorance “I didn’t know that c—-y eyes was a slur like wtfff I DONT KNOW F–KIN EVERYTHING !!” she wrote in a tweet that has now been deleted. “We don’t even use that as a (sic) insult and I didn’t use it as a (sic) insult.”
In response to the backlash, she received in 2019, for her comments about once drugging and robbing men while she was a stripper, claimed to not be “perfect.”
“I never claim to be perfect or come from a perfect world wit [sic] a perfect past I always speak my truth I always own my s–t,” Cardi explained to fans at the time. “Im apart [sic] of a hip hop culture where you can talk about where you come from talk about the wrong things you had to do to get where you are. There are rappers that glorify murder violence drugs an [sic] robbing. Crimes they feel they had to do to survive. I never glorified the things I brought up in that (Instagram) live I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it.”
In her latest interview with Elle, Cardi addressed her use of the word admitting to being ignorant of the history behind the slur.
“Never in my life, my 27 years, I never even knew that was a racial slur,” the rapper explained to Elle. “I was describing my husband’s and my sister’s eyes, and my daughter’s eyes… I don’t even know how to describe their eyes anymore because that’s how I used to describe their eyes. I don’t even know the word. That they’re almond-shaped? But it’s like, I never knew that. And for people to be like, ‘She’s using a racial slur. She’s disgusting.’ And it’s like, ‘Bro, I didn’t even know that was a racial slur. I didn’t say it … with no bad ill intention.’”
Of course, Cardi’s words might not have been fired off with mal intent but her use of the word is a reminder that we must always be making an effort to educate ourselves and be sensitive to others.
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