Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion‘s ‘WAP’ may have soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 upon its late August 2020 release, but now the 5x Platinum tune has landed atop the hit list of angry parents.
Much to fan delight, the Rap divas gave the tune its inaugural live performance at the 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards Sunday night (March 14).
Preceded by host Trevor Noah’s comical warning to parents to tell their children “it’s a song about giving a cat a bath,” the ladies – albeit performing a significantly tamer edit of the racy song – still engaged in some seriously sexually provocative choreography that including gyrating, pelvic thrusting, floor humping, P-popping, butt bouncing, pole dancing, and nearly straddling each other.
While their respective fan groups – #BardiGang and #Hotties – took to Twitter in droves to express their approval of the suggestive stage activity, parents of young children watched in shock and horror. In response, a number of them turned to the FCC to lodge complaints against CBS. Others – like members of the Parents Television Council (PTC) – joined the backlash charge.
A statement from the PTC’s president, Tim Winter, read:
“The performance of Wet-Ass P*ssy, and let’s not pretend that WAP means anything else, was entirely unfit for a primetime network television broadcast.”
“Artists have every right to confound empowerment with debasement, and sexiness with debauchery, but a broadcast television network carries a higher standard,” he stated before continuing, “especially during the times when children are likely to be in the audience. Shame on CBS.”
Click here to read his full statement. It echoes sentiments a number of viewers expressed on social media.
At the time of this report, Cardi nor Megan have responded to Winter’s scathing open letter.