Rapper Cardi B is facing major public scrutiny after an Instagram Live video from 2016 resurfaced on social media. In the video, Cardi B admits to doing highly questionable things in order to survive before finding fame—including drugging and robbing men when she was working in strip clubs.
“I had to go strip,” Cardi B said in the initial Instagram Live video, which was re-uploaded to Twitter on March 24th. “I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f— me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go back to this hotel,’ and I drugged n—s up, and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.”
The admission has since inspired the hashtag #SurvivingCardiB, with many arguing that this information would be taken more seriously if Cardi was a man.
In a March 25th Instagram post, Cardi attempted to set the record straight, stating that she never claimed to be perfect, nor “come from a perfect world wit a perfect past.”
She added that she did the things she did during that time because she had “limited options.”
However, many feel as though this still doesn’t justify her past actions.
Others think this raises important issues about sex work—and the safety of sex workers—in general, and that painting Cardi as a villain oversimplifies the situation.
And others still think there is a very important distinction between what Cardi did compared to, say, R. Kelly or Bill Cosby.
Regardless of Cardi’s individual actions, we’re glad this is sparking a much-needed conversation about safety, consent, and sex work in our culture. What are your thoughts on this one?