The nearly four minute-clip shows multiple women in bathing suits and thong bikinis twerking, while they party. And since there’s no men in the video, it asks the question: Is the clip degrading to women or empowering?
“In the era of #MeToo how exactly does this empower women?” tweeted Stephanie Hamill, a journalist with The Daily Caller.
Cardi responded on the same day and said women dressing provocatively has nothing to do with #MeToo since the movement centers on women being sexually harassed, assaulted and raped.
“It says to women that I can wear and not wear what ever I want. Do what we want,” the rapper tweeted, who also said she’s been told the most “disgusting things” by conservatives in the past few days.
“And that no still means no,” she added. “So Stephanie chime in. If I twerk and be half naked does that mean I deserve to get raped, molested? I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks.”
Hamill said she agreed with Cardi that ‘No means no’ but still believes the “Twerk” video sets women back and adds to the false narrative they’re sex objects. She also asked Cardi to come on her show to debate the issue.
A slew of comments came afterwards and many supported the “Bodak Yellow’s” position and dissed Hamill. Wale, who’s often argued with “Fox Nation” host Tomi Lahren, also weighed in.
“This makes no sense,” he wrote to Hamill. “Just say you jealous that you’re incapable of such coordination and rhythm and kindly leave the podium. Thanks,” he wrote.
Another person asked Hamill why she’s looking for a rap video about twerking to have a message of some sort.
“What is #MeToo about this video?” someone asked. “Your misguided, shaming question reveals more about your victim blaming mentality than it does about the women in the video. I don’t know about ’empowerment’ but seeing as how the title of the song is ‘Twerk’ and not ‘Ted Talk’ you can back off.”
All of this comes after Cardi blasted Donald Trump for the current government shutdown, which got a lot of responses from politicians on both the left and right.
You can see the “Twerk” video below.