Cardi B is demanding that every woman gets the respect she deserves.
The rapper opened up to Cosmopolitan about feminism and the #MeToo movement, explaining that she feels some women are being left out of the conversation.
“A lot of video vixens have spoke (sic) about this and nobody gives a fuck,” she told the publication. “When I was trying to be a vixen, people were like, ‘You want to be on the cover of this magazine?’ Then they pull their dicks out. I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, ‘So what? You’re a ho. It don’t matter.'”
Cardi adds that when she does use her platform to speak out about important social and political issues, people use the opportunity to troll her, accusing her of speaking out for the attention and doubting her Blackness. “My features,” she says, “my nose, my lips, the little bit of color that I have, my hair texture—it didn’t come from two white people fucking each other.”
The rapper later took to Instagram to further explain her statement after commenters on the platform misconstrued what she said.
“What I said about the #MeToo movement was there’s a lot of video vixens and urban models that get bribed by men, photographers, directors…Like, ‘If you want to be the lead girl in this video or you want to be in this magazine you need to do this and that,’ most likely something sexual and when the woman speaks up nobody cares.”
Cardi added that regardless of a woman’s profession, everyone single woman deserves respect.
“A lot of women out there always talking about equality and feminism, but you want to have a standard on what you should stand up for. You should stand and respect all types of women. Lawyer, doctor, video vixen, stripper, stand up for all. You are no better than anybody else.”