Who knew a song about sex would cause so much controversy? Everyone. Successful rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released a song over summer titled WAP. The hyper sexual song explores sex through the female point of view. Neither rapper has hesitated to share her point of view and they both remain unapologetic about the song. To no one’s surprise, the song has garnered a flood of mixed reviews. While one side thinks the song promotes women empowerment, the other finds the lyrics demeaning and inappropriate. WAP is an acronym for words used to describe the natural reaction of female arousal.
The song is filled with sexual and lewd lyrics. Lyrics like, “There’s some whores in this house”. There is no way to misinterpret what Cardi B and Megan are demanding in their song. They have never failed to express their desires and they didn’t hold back this time either. This is not the first time female Hip Hop artists have openly rapped about sex. Cardi B and Megan followed the examples of previous female rappers like Lil Kim, Trina, and Khia. WAP surpasses the vulgarity of songs like “My Neck, My Back” by Khia, that were at one time deemed too sexual. There is no doubt that a large majority of songs discuss sex, but did this song go overboard or was it because female satisfaction was the priority of the song?
Let’s take a look at the differing opinions.
Fans of the song respect the outwardness of female sexuality. They see it as a form of celebration and a dominant move rather than a demeaning one. Young fans continue to praise the song stating that it is a feminist song that displays female empowerment. Many simply enjoy the beat. Reactions of the music video and song have popped up on youtube with reviews pouring in from around the world. For the most part, young adults don’t seem to be as shocked nor bothered by this song. Supporters of the song have criticized the opposing side by saying they don’t want to support women comfortable in their sexuality.
A GQ article talked about how the song provided good advice about oral sex and how to have a healthy relationship with your partner. While most people are not thinking about the educational purposes of the song, it does offer a variety of different ways to give and receive pleasure. Music critic Mikael Wood, refers to the song as a “sex-positive triumph”. People who enjoy the song have called out naysayers for not criticizing male artists for similarly explicit songs.
One twitter user named K tweeted, “All these politicians critiquing the song WAP how about Worry About Pandemics” Young adults, especially on twitter, have found humor in the controversy surrounding of the song.
The song has received its fair share of backlash as well. Conservatives and religious people have used the song and video as a kind a testament to the moral decline of American values.
Radio host and Youtuber Ben Shapiro, gave a sarcastic reading of the song. In his video he says, “The song is so unsexy it frankly sounds like somebody describing what amounts to a serious condition that requires the care of a doctor.” Although it seems obvious he was exaggerating the meaning of the lyrics, many took it as he was making fun of the normal bodily functions of a woman.
A Youtuber and Opera singer under the name Classically Abby is a self identifying conservative woman who had words to say about the song. She calls the song “disgusting” and she was “not impressed”. She sees the song as not being empowering at all and more so making women sex objects. She expresses her concern of children having access to the video and song. Abby even states that “conservative women need to take the culture back.” WAP is strictly against her views and values. She is also happens to be the sister of Ben Shapiro.
Politician James P. Bradley tweeted, “Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure.”
The song broke streaming records at 93 million U.S. streams in 6 days, according to Billboard. WAP debuted at no. 1 on 10 different Billboard charts. It also broke Apple Music records as the longest running #1 song by a female artist.
Since it’s release it has become a hashtag and a common slang reference. Dance challenges have been created across Instagram, Tik Tok and Twitter. The term has circulated across social media, almost as a term of endearment. Twitter has been notorious for popularizing #WAP and people have even created new meaning for the acronym including “Worship and Praise” and “ Waffles and Pancakes”. WAP has pushed the boundary of what is acceptable in our society, while also highlighting the progress that has been made over the years.