Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released their celeb-filled music video for “WAP” on Friday—and Twitter was not happy to see Kylie Jenner among the six stars who appeared in the video. Some called her addition unnecessary; others wrote that it detracted from the Black excellence on display in the music video. Cardi addressed that criticism head-on in a series of tweets she posted on Sunday. She has since taken them all down, but celebrity news account PopCrave tweeted out screenshots.
Cardi responded to a tweet where user Danielle Young compared Normani‘s appearance in the video to Jenner’s. “Normani did ALL this [dancing] and Kylie walked down the hall and opened a door,” Young wrote. “If that’s not a perfect visual indication of Black women having to do the most and white women do the bare minimum to get somewhere, I don’t know what is.”
Cardi retweeted the tweet and wrote back: “Normani is one of the best female artist that dances Like she dances her f*ckin ass off! Why would she open a door? Please tell me how that would make sense? The best part of the song is the beat & hook it what makes you want to shake your ass.”
She continued in a second tweet, “Not everything is about race. There’s issues out here in the world that it is about race that I i preach all the time about. This is not about f*ckin race.”
“Why did I put Kylie on my music video?” she started in a third tweet. “She treated my sister and daughter so lovely at her kid bday party. Travis and Set [Offset, Cardi’s husband] are real close and Kris Jenner have giving me advice on certain things I ask for and her husband real cool with mine.”
Cardi previously spoke about why she chose the women she did to appear in her video while on Apple Music last week. (Rosalía, Rubi Rose, Sukihana, and Mulatto appeared in addition to Normani and Jenner.)
“I wanted a lot of different females, not just female rappers,” she started. “I wanted different… A lot of different people. And y’all going to see it on the music video as well, from models to influencers and everything. And I really wanted the video to be very sexy, very clean, very nice, very cut. All right, we need some female artists, rappers. And I’m like, ‘These are the girls that I personally like. That I like they music. That I really feel they are going to go mainstream, to me.'”
She added, “All the girls right here, there’s different things that I like about them. That’s why I said about variety. Like Suki, she makes me laugh so much and everything. She makes me laugh so much. And her lyrics are really funny and they’re witty, and I like that. I like Rubi Rose music. I like her voice a lot. I like her voice. It just, it just goes with it. A lot of female artists, they don’t have that voice. You could rap, and rap, and rap, and rap, but if you don’t have that voice, you just don’t have it. It’s just not going to go with it. And then I like Mulatto, I like her music. And I feel like she’d been grinding, and grinding, and grinding. And I feel like, yo, she is so… She’s right there. She’s right there. She been grinding for a long time. She do good music. She got the look. She got the spiciness.”