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The song first drew right-wing ire last year.
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion performance of “WAP” at the 63rd Grammy Awards provoked the ire of conservatives across the country, with everyone from Candace Owens to Fox News host Tucker Carlson to John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet and even some viewers. The song first became a right-wing target when it was released last August due to its sexually explicit lyrics, and the ladies were able to ride the debate to the top of the charts. But it seems their Grammy performance reignited the outcry from last year, once again due to its sexual nature.
TMZ reports that over 80 viewers complained about the performance. One viewer in Colorado reportedly said it was “as if they were dancing in a strip club” (the performance did include a stripper pole). Other viewers wrote about how it was “absolutely disgusting” and complained that Megan was “barely dressed in a thong.” It’s worth noting, however, that these are not high numbers considering the millions of people who watched the Grammys. Janet Jackson’s infamous Super Bowl performance, for comparison, drew half-a-million FCC complaints.
The FCC complaints were much milder compared to the criticisms John Cooper of Christian rock band Skillet had. During his “Cooper Stuff” video podcast, he complained about how Dr. Seuss books are “being yanked down from all the bookstores” (which isn’t true, only six Dr. Suess books are being discontinued by his estate because they feature racist imagery) and claimed the Grammys were similar to speeches from Adolf Hitler: We’re living in a world right now where there are certain Dr. Seuss books that you cannot sell on eBay. They are just too much for anybody to even be allowed to buy; they’re being yanked down from all the bookstores and stuff like that. It’s just too much; it’s too evil. … But you can, and must, applaud the sexual degradation of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion simulating sex together on the Grammys…The question is, who is going to define what is good, and who is gonna define what is evil? Every dictator in history says that what they were doing was good. That’s what they believe. If you go back and you read some of Hitler’s speeches, he’s, like, ‘I’m gonna set people free — free from the bondage of the Ten Commandments.’ In his mind, he’s a liberator. It’s always like that, you guys. All you do is you just redefine evil and you redefine good. That’s what’s happening right now on the Grammys.”
Never one to back down, Cardi has been defending herself and snapping back at her detractors on Twitter. She got into a lengthy back and forth with Candace Owens earlier this week, who attacked the song during an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight. None of the criticisms of the songs seems to be slowing down Cardi one bit. In fact, her recent single “Up” is projected to contend for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 next week, after debuting at No. 2 earlier this year.
Read all the lyrics to Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” on Genius now.