Updated on Aug 11, 2020. Posted on Aug 10, 2020

    Cardi B Just Responded To The Backlash Over Kylie Jenner's Appearance In The "WAP" Music Video

    "Normani is one of the best female artist that dances ... Why would she open a door?"

    On Friday, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released their brand new collab single "WAP", alongside a music video featuring cameos from celebs like Normani and Kylie Jenner.

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    It's safe to say the song caused a stir online, and the music video racked up more than 50 million views in its first weekend — but not everyone was happy with it.

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    In fact, Kylie's appearance in the video received a pretty strong negative reaction from viewers criticising the inclusion of a white woman who has repeatedly been accused of appropriating Black culture for her own gain.

    One fan even set up a Change.org petition to have Kylie's cameo removed from the video entirely. The petition has since been signed more than 64,000 times.

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    However, some people did push back against the criticism, arguing that Kylie's appearance in the video would result in more people watching it and therefore a bigger hit for Cardi and Megan.

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    It seemed like Cardi agreed with that argument, liking a tweet that read: "Kylie in the #WAP video equals people moaning about Kylie in the video, which equals people tweeting about Kylie in the video, which equals people who haven’t seen the video going to watch the video to find out why Kylie’s in the video. Cardi’s getting those hits."

    Now Cardi has jumped into the debate herself, defending the decision to have Kylie appear in the video in a series of now-deleted tweets.

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    Cardi's tweets came in response to writer Danielle Young, who tweeted on Friday pointing out the discrepancy between Normani's appearance in the video and Kylie's.

    Normani did ALL this and Kylie walked down the hall and opened a door. 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. https://t.co/ZGvbfzQeLs

    "Normani is one of the best female artist that dances," Cardi wrote in response. "Like she dances her fuckin ass off! Why would she open a door? Please tell me how that would make sense?"

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    She went on: "Not everything is about race. There's issues out here in the world that it is about race that I preach all the time about. This is not about fuckin race."

    In a third tweet, Cardi explained that she included Kylie in the music video after Kylie treated her sister and daughter well at Stormi's birthday party, adding that her husband Offset is close with Kylie's baby daddy, Travis Scott.

    While those tweets have since been deleted, Cardi did also reply to one user who said Kylie and Normani both showcased their own talents in the video, adding one simple word: "Exactly."

    I guess Cardi has spoken.

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    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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