The #MeToo movement is giving space to the usually voiceless women and men who fall to the power dynamics in the entertainment industry. While #TimesUp is calling for a change regarding sexual harassment and abuse, Cardi B is calling out the privilege and classism associated with the movements.
The rising star recently sat down with Cosmopolitan to discuss, among other topics, never toning down her large personality, her fiancé Offset’s alleged cheating scandals and why she is skeptical of the “commercial appeal” of the #MeToo movement. Cardi feels the movement excludes women in hip-hop who present their sexuality as a form of work.
Cardi is a former stripper from The Bronx, and she believes women like her won’t see the same change that those in Hollywood who are standing up for themselves will. “A lot of video vixens have spoke about this, and nobody gives a f**k,” she said. “When I was trying to be a vixen, people were like, ‘You want to be on the cover of this magazine?’ Then they pull their d**ks out. I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, ‘So what? You’re a ho. It don’t matter.’”
When it comes to the men who are coming out to support the movement, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper is cynical of them, too. Because these men have been quiet for some time, she feels their involvement is covering up their current fears. “These producers and directors,” she says, “they’re not woke, they’re scared.”
Now that Cardi B has the spotlight, she wants to continue to embrace her past as a stripper. People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’ Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on,” she asserted.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.