In addition to banging singles, unfiltered truths, and, increasingly, her fashion choices, Cardi B. is known for poppin’ off when someone says something about her she doesn’t like. As a fan of Cardi’s, there are times when she takes things a little too far and should just let it slide. But there is also such a thing as righteous anger.
And when the rapper claimed Access Hollywood used her child for clickbait, she displayed quite a bit of it on Instagram Live.
“They asked me a question about me doing different ventures and how has things changed when it comes to motherhood. So I explained to them. I gave them like a two minute answer, right? And I said things have changed because a lot of people expect me to do so many things. Like, a lot of people expect me to be in the studio. Then I film for “Rhythm and Flow” I filmed for “Hustlers.” I’m working on f*cking Fashion Nova and I’m working on other business sh*t that is about to come out. So, I’m sorry if I take time out my day that I could be five hours in the studio but I spent five hours with my kid. Because yes, I could have somebody babysit my f*cking kid but it’s like it’s a wack feeling when your kid not even trying to f*ck with you and call somebody else mommy. That’s why you gotta spend time with your kid.
So these muthaf*ckas chopped what I said up These n*ggas chopped what I said off, the whole explanation why I spend time with my kid before work, they chop it off and then they’re going to name it on YouTube, “Cardi B. admits Baby Kulture Calls Someone Else ‘Mommy’ Because She Works So Much.”
That’s not what the f*ck I said! Don’t use my muthaf*cking kid for clickbait, bitch. Don’t f*cking cut sh*t off trying to make me look like I’m a f*ck a$$ mom cuz that’s something that I’m not. I don’t play that sh*t. Y’all n*ggas got me f*cked up. Don’t you ever! Access Hollywood, when I see y’all n*ggas, watch. i’m not even gonna touch y’all cuz everybody be suing muthaf*ckas. I’m just going to spit at y’all. Like this holds wig back and imitates spitting. Like that n*gga. The f*ck?! Don’t play when it comes to my kid. Don’t use my kids for clickbait…Don’t play when it comes to my motherhood, my n*gga because I f*cking sacrificed a lot ”
I laid in bed watching these videos early this morning and all I could do was nod in agreement. I wanted to see if Access Hollywood really titled their video in this way. And a quick Google search proved that they did indeed. And while the video itself has been deleted, the search results didn’t lie.
As much as this is a problem of journalistic ethics, a part of me can’t help but think that this is cultural as well. Rich White people don’t have a problem with letting other people—particularly people of color—raise their children, almost exclusively. But many people of color in this country don’t have that luxury and take the responsibility of raising their children seriously. When the opportunity to be provide financially and be physically present for your child has been one that has been taken from women of color, mothers who are making a conscious effort to be there for their children should not be trifled with.