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Cardi B slams Republican for discussing ‘WAP’ instead of police brutality

A video of US Representative Glenn Grothman complaining about Cardi B’s Grammy performance of ‘WAP’ surfaced just days after the Derek Chauvin verdict

Cardi B has clapped back at a Republican lawmaker who chose to complain about the Grammy performance of her hit song “WAP” over discussing police brutality in the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict.

Yesterday (April 22), a video surfaced of US Representative Glenn Grothman complaining about Cardi B’s sexualised “WAP” performance on the House floor. “I’ve received complaints in my office, and rightfully so, about Cardi B and the Grammys. They wonder why we are paying the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) if they feel that this should be playing in living rooms across the nation,” he said.

“I realise that Kamala Harris has used her fame to promote this performer, but I assure the FCC that millions of Americans would view her performance as inconsistent with basic decency. Wake up, FCC, and begin to do your job. The moral decline of America is partly due to your utter complacency,” he continued.

Cardi B was quick to respond on Twitter, asking why a US representative would bring up her performance of “WAP” when the country is still dealing with issues of police brutality after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd on Tuesday (April 20).

“This gets me so mad ya don’t even know! I think we all been on edge this week since we seen the police brutality back to back including watching one of the biggest case in history go down DUE to police brutality but wait! This is wat state representative decide to talk about,” she tweeted.

Cardi B then used the incident to encourage people to vote and “elect better people cause you got these dum asses representing states” in a follow-up tweet.

The rapper regularly uses her platform to highlight political issues and played an active role in championing both Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden over the course of the US election. She’s also hit back at criticisms from multiple conservative politicians and commentators, including Candace Owens, who called her “dumb” and “illiterate” after she interviewed Biden last year.

In an interview for Billboard back in December, Cardi spoke out about the unrealistic expectations put on women in the music industry, saying: “I don’t want to be like, ‘Oh, female artists, we have it hard’, but we do fucking be having it mad hard!”