Immersion in the manor of femininity: the video of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion divides. Announced a few days before its release, this new track released on Friday, August 7th was an immediate success. “WAP” made its number 1 debut on Spotify and Apple Music in the US. The video, by Collin Tilley, recorded more than 26 million views in its first 24 hours on YouTube, marking the best start to an all-female collaboration on the platform.
Cardi B returns after a nine-month absence accompanied by another big name in women’s rap, Megan Thee Stallion, for a particularly remarkable comeback. With “WAP” for “Wet Ass Pussy”, these two artists specializing in the genre offer sexy images and provocative lyrics that have divided Internet users. Whether their audience is male or female, opinions on their ode to modern femininity diverge.
In this very American production, we find the two young artists in the roles of sensual and indomitable women. Surrounded by wild animals, they wander through a huge house whose decoration symbolizes sensuality. This video features only female characters they want to set free like Megan and Cardi B, but also other sex-symbols like Normani, Rosalía, Mulatto, Sukihana, Rubi Rose, and Kylie Jenner. The appearance of the smallest of the Kardashian sisters did not convince all internet users. A petition has been launched to demand the withdrawal of her appearance for various reasons, including the uselessness of her sequence for the video, and already has nearly 65,000 signatories.
In any case, these self-confident and sexy women do not hesitate to play the provocation card to assert their freedom. The two rappers thus wanted to oppose the stereotype of the submissive woman, assuming both their sensuality and their sexuality. As the first verse bears witness, Cardi sings: “I don’t cook, I don’t clean – But let me tell you how I got this ring”. They say they want to deconstruct stereotypes. But not everyone agrees with this statement. The outfits, choreography, and provocative lyrics were shocking, sometimes making us forget the talent of the two young women.
Several politicians, such as U.S. House of Representatives candidate Angela Stanton-King and former congressional candidate DeAnna Lorraine, found the message of the clip to be particularly shocking, taking women back to the past “of 100 years”.
Another politician, James P. Bradley, said that “Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are proof of what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure”: a statement with an assumed patriarchal message that is extremely controversial, especially since Megan’s father died when she was 15. These extreme criticisms have sparked a whole debate on social networks.