Cardi B Denies Responsibility in Posting Transphobic Meme on Facebook
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Cardi B claims a former team member posted a transphobic meme to her Facebook account.
Cardi B is under fire for an offensive transphobic meme that was posted to her official Facebook page.
On Sunday, a now-deleted meme was posted to the rapper’s verified Facebook page that read, “I hope nobody see this tranny leave my house,” alongside laughing emojis and a cartoon image of a man walking through a door.
On Sunday, Cardi posted a screenshot of exchanges with who appears to be the staffer running her Facebook account. In the caption of the post she wrote, “I have always owned my shit. After the last time the LGBTQ community educated me on the right and wrong way to say things. I would never forget that. This was the mistake of another individual and I apologize for them!”
According to the screenshot conversation, the staffer has since been fired.
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It's come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page. For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 16, 2018
Some Twitter users weren’t buying it.
Even if this is true it's still raggedy. Who lets 18 months pass with no access to their own social profiles? https://t.co/zxQzkvNczj
— king crissle (@crissles) September 16, 2018
This is actually annoyingly common. It's some like marketing scheme where minor celebrities give over control if their Facebooks so they can be turned into meme accounts. Once her music started blowing up it should've been reconsidered for this exact reason.
— Amy Blackhouse (@aanywhore) September 16, 2018
The controversy comes shortly after fellow rapper Eminem apologized for using a homophobic slur on his latest album, Kamikaze.
This isn’t the first time Cardi has been accused of being transphobic. In 2017, a video of Cardi making a joke about rape while using the slur, “tr-nny” from several years ago resurfaced online.
Cardi had then posted a video response saying, “I didn’t know that that word [tranny]… I didn’t know that that was a word that you cannot use, especially because my trans friends use it and growing up, my parents never told me that that was a bad word. You know, there’s bad words that your parents teach you that you’re not supposed to say. Nobody taught us that. Nobody taught us that in our school.”
Founder of Trans Tech Social, Angelica Ross, urged Cardi to use this as a moment to raise awareness amongst her industry peers, tweeting, “The next step is taking the opportunity to teach the entire industry why this shit is unacceptable and will not be tolerated any longer. THAT would be allyship in action.”
I appreciate @iamcardib addressing the issue and taking responsibility like a boss. The next step is taking the opportunity to teach the entire industry why this shit is unacceptable and will not be tolerated any longer. THAT would be allyship in action. Cis solidarity sis. pic.twitter.com/Isweze6D3C
— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) September 17, 2018