Cardi B sparks controversy with recent allegations


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Cardi B at the met-gala

Chad Synan, North Staff Writer

Female rapper Cardi B has been catching fire from both media and the public after a video on social media emerged showing her state that she would “drug (people) up and rob them.” For many, it seems that the artist’s actions are comparable to that of R. Kelly or Bill Cosby, sparking the creation of a trending hashtag, #SurvivingCardiB, on Twitter, while others claim that is representative of the ethical issues that surround women who experience similar hardship as Cardi in their careers as strippers.

In a post on Twitter, Cardi B replied to the initial wave of hate with dancing memes in hopes that her detractors might lose their passion for the issue. But as contention over her past life rose to newer heights, she decided to face the issue directly.

In another post that was later removed from her Instagram, she gave a formal statement on the matter. Delivering a firm but fair concession, she said, “I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very few options.”

Furthermore, she went on to say that she believed her behavior, although out of a need to survive, has upset her and that she “feel(s) a responsibility not to glorify it.”

This formal reply, however, has left many feeling as if there were something left to be desired. As seen by the popularity of the aforementioned hashtag, the question of what misdemeanors and poor actions of celebrities’ pasts has also entered public discussion.

The clear question that everyone is asking is simple: should we hold these celebrities socially accountable, as role models, when considering their inevitable position as role models and influencers? Yet, at proposing this question, it has also been brought up that -in the event that we alleviate them that worry- this does not do justice to the men and women of the past whose careers have been destroyed because of their poor actions.

The most popular example of this would be notorious comedian Bill Cosby. Charged with multiple accounts of sexual assault, not only has his past as a career been targeted, but his role as an inspiration to others as a comic has also been erased from the cultural zeitgeist. This can be seen most clearly in the words of comedian Hannibal Buress, who at one point recommended to the audience while performing a set that they should “Google Bill Cosby rape.” The concern that these critics propose, then, is that since Cosby has received such treatment, it is only fair that the public be consistent in its critique of celebrities.

The Cardi B controversy analogously mirrors another in nature (not in content) with the likes of self proclaimed “cultural libertarian” Milo Yiannopoulos.

Being a former journalist for right-wing news network Breitbart, he attracted similar outrage from the public when making controversial remarks about age of consent laws. He is charged with stating that, “I think the age of consent law is probably about right, that is probably roughly the right age … but there are certainly people who are capable of giving consent at a younger age, I certainly consider myself to be one of them.”This lead to him being accused of normalizing pederasty (sexual activity between a man and a boy), and -unlike Cardi B- his career as a political journalist has been formally sidetracked.

In any event, the concern is not with the obscenity behind said individual’s actions, as all have faced proper legal ramifications if any were presented (as was the case with R. Kelly and Bill Cosby). It is rather that there is yet to be a proper line drawn between permissibly illicit and profane activity and that which cannot be allowed at any cost.

It is clear that a shift is starting to take shape as events such as Cardi B’s tell us that there is a level of imprecision when it comes to pointing out what is too much or just below the line. And with social media becoming an organ of 21st Century society, it seems necessary that a question of “to what extent” be answered. If  none is provided, then the minds of the next generation will have no protective filter to suggest otherwise. Yet if all are condemned and no parity can be found, then unnecessary censorship and damage to the future of celebrities will be inevitable.

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