Kylie Jenner’s surprising appearance in the new XXX-rated video for ‘WAP’ from Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion has left some fans fuming that she is guilty of cultural appropriation.
The 22-year-old make up mogul makes her cameo at the 1.40-minute mark, strutting down a hallway in a revealing animal-print ensemble that has angered some for taking attention away from the black rap stars.
Despite Cardi B on Friday tweeting that the video was about ‘different races’ and ‘different backgrounds’, a petition calling for Jenner’s removal is still gaining steam with more than 47,500 signatures as of Saturday morning.
Cardi, 27, and Megan, 25, sent fans into a meltdown Friday with the release of their collaboration, along with a music video in which they stunned in a number of barely-there outfits.
Kylie Jenner’s appearance in the video in this very racy outfit caused an outcry on Twitter
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s XXX-rated new music video left some horrified and branding the rap stars as ‘without God’ and ‘useless women’
Many fans were disgusted when they saw Kylie Jenner appear in the video
While many praised the rappers for their late-summer hit that centers on sexual female empowerment, others were disgusted at the risqué scenes and visuals that show them lying with snakes and rolling together in a pool.
Some even went so far as to accuse the stars of being ‘without God’ and branded them ‘useless women’.
The surprising appearance of Jenner was the major cause for controversy, however, as the businesswoman was accused of cultural appropriation and of taking up space as a white woman in a power anthem from black women.
The racy video featured six surprise celebrity cameos in total, as well as Kylie, including Normani, Rosalía, Rubi Rose, Sukihana, and Mulatto.
Yet the reality TV star was trashed for a ‘culture vulture’ and ‘#NotKylie’ began trending on Twitter.
Author Roxane Gay tweeted: ‘I enjoyed the WAP video. Bright and colorful and wholesome. Educational,’ adding: ‘But why the Kylie Jenner interlude? No one asked for that.’
‘When you vibing to Cardi & Meg WAP then you see kylie jenner/kardashian face instead of Saweetie,’ tweet user Mr. Gemini.
‘Not Kylie Jenner,’ others tweeted in horror.
One fan went do far as to edit Jenner out and shared the new video online.
Kylie’s cameo caused an outcry among some fans who have since called for her to be removed
‘If they were looking to include a white woman in the WAP video, they could’ve easily chosen Anne Hathaway instead of Kylie Jenner,’ joked user Agu Nwanyi.
In fact, some of the negative responses were so strong that there was even a Change.org petition started to have Kylie removed from the video, started by a user named Nini who said: ‘The video was perfect until we saw K and I wanted to throw my phone.’
The petition had more than 47,500 signatures as of Saturday morning, with those who signed leaving their reasons for doing so in the comments.
‘I was happily enjoying my daily cup of brown women until that culture stealing colonizer showed up and made me spill. Thank you,’ wrote Aaliyah Parra.
One fan started a Change.org petition to get Kylie Jenner removed from the video
The reactions to Kylie’s cameo came thick and fast and many fans were left unhappy
‘I was so disappointed in the decision to feature Kylie – the fact that it was Kylie’s feature pretty much front and centre over Normani proves that white woman are consistently chosen over any other,’ said Karen Ford.
‘I thought a better choice that reflects 2020 would have been taken’
‘She is a culture vulture who doesn’t remember how her own complexion looks! down with the culture vultures!!!’ complained Tione Willaims.
‘Black lives matter, black WOMEN matter. Kylie Jenner does not deserve to be amongst these ethereal black women,’ added Sarah Trotter.
‘She should be paying her sweatshop workers. She should be advocating for black women, for black trans people, for black lives publicly.’
Others also claimed Rosalia should not have been included as she’s Hispanic.
‘I ain’t want to see kylie Jenner nor Rosalia in the WAP video, that video was for coloreds only,’ tweeted @cidnneyhart.
Rosalia was also a controversial choice for some as she stunned in a red latex bodysuit
Betty White started trending on Twitter after some thought she should have made the video
While Cardi and Megan received mostly praise, the same could not be said for Kylie
Meanwhile, Golden Girls star Betty White then became a trending topic, as Twitter users suggested she should have been given the cameo spot over Kylie.
‘I got scared when I saw Betty White trending but it’s only because folks wanted her in the #WAP video instead of Kylie,’ @qsteph tweeted.
Cardi B appeared to respond to the criticism of Jenner later Friday although did not explicitly name her.
Instead, she thanked all the women who were in the video and said that it was about ‘different races’ and ‘different backgrounds’.
‘I wanna say thank you to every woman that was a part of my video! The fact that you made time in your schedules means a lot to me!’ she wrote.
‘It was so important to me to include different women that are different races and come from different backgrounds but are so powerful and influential.’
Jenner has not responded to the criticism but posted several shots from backstage and the making of the video.
Cardi and Hot Girl Meg released the surprise collab just days after announcing it, and the video has since garnered more than 32million views on YouTube.
Yet alongside the Jenner critics, others took a hit at the rappers themselves and the explicit content of the video
Among those to voice their disgust at WAP – which reached number 1 in the iTunes chart Friday – was James Bradley, a Republican candidate for Congress, who claimed that he ‘accidentally’ heard the song.
‘Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion are what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure,’ he wrote.
‘Their new “song” The WAP (which i heard accidentally) made me want to pour holy water in my ears and I feel sorry for future girls if this is their role model!’
James Bradley, a Republican candidate for Congress, claimed the WAP video, pictured above, is ‘what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure’
The popular video showed the star writing with snakes and rolling in a pool
The racy visuals in the video have left some criticizing Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion
Bradley was branded as a hypocrite by some, comparing the criticism of WAP to how President Trump’s comments about ‘grabbing her by the p***y’ was dismissed as ‘locker room talk’.
‘You’re cool with a racist WHITE MAN talking about WAP but Black and Latino women make you want to pour holy water in your ears?’ asked Bishop Talbert Swann.
A few hours later, Bradley pulled back from his harsh words and said that the rappers had the right to make the video and release the song.
‘Secondly, while I personally take offense to the lyrics and messaging of this song, I absolutely respect her 1st Amendment right to make it,’ he added.
‘Also surprised that Twitter doesn’t mind this kind of free speech but has a problem with conservative free speech.’
Yet, Bradley was far from alone in being offended.
Bradley spoke out harshly against the rap stars but then pulled back and said it was their right
DeAnna Lorraine, a former congressional candidate who ran against Nancy Pelosi, accused the rap stars of setting ‘the entire female gender back by 100 years with their disgusting & vile “WAP” song’.
‘Remember, Bernie Sanders campaigned with Cardi B. Kamala Harris called her a role model. The Democrats su