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Most news associated with iamcardib relates to her very public fight with nickiminaj at nyfw.
Much of her appeal has to do with her down-to-earth, say-it-how-it-is style. Whether she’s singing or chatting, it doesn’t take long to figure out what she thinks about any given topic.
But that doesn’t always work out well.
See, hip hop doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to issues of diversity and inclusion. Since the days of Tupac and Biggie, hundreds of thousands of rap songs have been released. A large proportion of them have to do with life on the streets, the gangster lifestyle and the concept of “making it big”. Undertones of machismo and aggression are common. For many years, hip hop was considered a man’s game. Any woman with the talent and passion for it had to be tough and rough around the edges. Think missymisdemeanorelliott.
In many people’s eyes, the hip hop scene is a world of stereotypes. Some would say those stereotypes are constantly being perpetuated.
Because of this, it’s still pretty hard to imagine a mainstream LGBTQ rapper. Much less a transgender one.
Last weekend, a transphobic meme was posted on her verified Facebook page. It caused a lot of offense and backlash. Cardi B justified it on twitter, claiming a former team member was the only person in control of the offending facebook account.
Lots of people aren’t buying it. After all, she apologized earlier this year about her historic use of transphobic slurs.
Good leadership is impossible without accountability. The best leaders don’t wash their hands of things for the sake of their public image. Or their ego. They accept responsibility for their actions and do something to rectify them. To minimize their contribution to the problem.
Maybe it’s wrong to call Cardi B a leader. But she is looked up to by many people. And she’s a big name in hip hop today.
That visibility comes with certain responsibilities. As the ambassador for her brand, Cardi B can’t shift blame this time. Especially given her, and hip hop’s, history with transgenderism.
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