The National Center on Sexual Exploitation claims the rappers “contributed to the sexual exploitation of women.”
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According to The Wrap, the organization specifically mentioned the two rappers, saying that their performance looked to be “cut from a hardcore pornography film.” Dawn Hawkins, the Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the group penned the statement, adding that “despite the ‘popularity‘” of “WAP,” the Grammys shouldn’t have allowed it to air on CBS.
“Prostitution and stripping are never empowering for women, as they set up systems that exploit and oppress women,” the statement reportedly reads. “CBS has contributed to furthering the sexual exploitation of women and contributed to the ‘normalization’ of porn culture.” This isn’t the first time that Cardi and Meg have found themselves on the receiving end of backlash over their No. 1 hit. Immediately after “WAP” hit streaming services last year, conservative political figures and commentators condemned the pair for the song’s explicit lyrics.
Check out the provocative performance below.