Rapper and political commentator Cardi B clapped back at a Daily Caller staffer on Twitter after the columnist slut-shamed her new music video, “Twerk.”
On Sunday, conservative video columnist Stephanie Hamill attacked “Twerk” by City Girls and Cardi B by tweeting, “In the era of #MeToo how exactly does this empower women?” Hamill retweeted the video, which features barely-clad women covered in paint twerking in various locations and asked leftists and Cardi herself to chime in.
“It says to women that I can wear and not wear what ever I want,” wrote Cardi. “Do whatever I want and that NO still means NO.”
She continued: “So Stephanie chime in…If I twerk and be half naked does that mean I deserve to get raped and molested? I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks.”
It says to women that I can wear and not wear what ever I want. do w.e I want and that NO still means NO. So Stephanie chime in..If I twerk and be half naked does that mean I deserve to get raped and molested ? I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks 🤔 https://t.co/8UBQQzO6jK— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 22, 2019
Hamill quickly replied, agreeing that “no means no, no matter what” but adding that the music video hurts all women and “the cause” because it sexually objectifies them. She followed up by asking Cardi to come on her show for a debate.
I agree, No means NO, NO MATTER what!— Stephanie Hamill (@STEPHMHAMILL) January 22, 2019
But this video, & others like this sexually objectify women. I think this hurts all women & the cause. We're not sex OBJECTS! Clearly we see things differently, (maybe I'm just a hater bc I can't Twerk 🤣) Come on my show, debate me! https://t.co/TaqAiF9Jmv
Before Hamill had a chance to reply though, Cardi wrote about how much harassment she’d been receiving from conservatives on Twitter who were telling her “the most disgusting things these past few days.”
All these conservatives been harassing me and telling me the most disgusting things these past few days.Listen I’m not telling ya to turn liberal all I’m saying is to admit that your president is fuckin up this country right now! Liberal or conservative we ALL suffer as citizens.— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 22, 2019
“Listen I’m not telling ya to turn liberal all I’m saying is to admit that your president is f***in up this country right now! Liberal or conservative we all suffer as citizens,” Cardi wrote.
A lot of “leftists” also responded to Hamill’s call asking “how exactly” Cardi’s video empowers women.
Gurl you write for the fucking Daily Caller. You shouldn’t be questioning anyone’s commitment to women. Ever, bitch. pic.twitter.com/dlPjSHJmQz— Kellee Terrell (@kelleent) January 22, 2019
It shows that as women, we can do WTF we want! Walk around in animal print, twerk in animal print, shii twerk naked! Still does not give you the right to touch us!!— /ah-kwe-ah/ 🇬🇭 (@TripleThreat_A1) January 21, 2019
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/Fj8DQsgSKH
I don’t know how you missed this, but MeToo is about sexual HARASSMENT and ASSAULT, not sexual EXPRESSION. The problem isn’t seeing an ass shaking, it’s grabbing it without consent. The conflation of sexiness and sexual assault is your problem here— Louisa 🌈👭 (@LouisatheLast) January 22, 2019
You seem troubled by women having autonomy over what they choose to do with their bodies and images.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) January 22, 2019
When you get your arms around that, come back.
Doing what they want and having fun while doing it. You can be modest one day if that's how you feel or sexy the next. You don't have to act a certain way to be accepted or respected. They did it because they don't give a solitary fuck how YOU feel about it. pic.twitter.com/Cw9rLdnpuV— Michelle (@teacuptoker) January 21, 2019
Of course, conservative outrage over what women choose to do with their bodies and how they choose to do it is nothing new. But antagonizing female rappers over social media to do it, sort of is.