Russell Brand Under Fire For Criticizing Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’
People are coming after Russell Brand after the comedian had a few choice things to say about Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” music video.
In a lengthy YouTube video (see below), Russell criticized the song and discussed the “cultural phenomena” surrounding the video, including “its use of sexual imagery and female potency.”
The comic questioned women’s quest to “achieve equality by aspiring to and replicating the values that have been established by males.”
He went on to say that he thinks music videos like these are “an emulation of a template that already exists and was established by males.”
“If male hip hop tropes are about the potency of male sexuality… and then the female video is a sort of celebration of sexual potency… it’s an emulation of a template that already exists and is established by males,” he said.
“I wouldn’t be so reductive and simplistic to say that women celebrating their bodies using an aesthetic that’s conventionally been associated with the male gaze means it’s impossible that these tools could be used as a vehicle for liberation,” he added. “But I am saying that, in a sense, it’s still the same metric — it’s still the same aesthetic, it’s still the same values, it’s still the same ideals. It’s still ultimately a sort of capitalist objectification and commodification of, in this case, the female.”
Clearly, for some Twitter users, his comments were not OK. Well, at least we’re talking about it. Right?
See some responses below: