WAP, the mega-smash by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, is a vibrant sex-positive ode in high-res widescreen. These two are literally bursting with juice, as they strut around their X-rated mansion, dagger nails pointing towards their own desires. Released in the summer of 2020, the song was immediately welcomed as one of the best songs ever written about sex, even as it riled backs, pushed buttons and annoyed people across the globe. But has the furore surrounding it taught us anything?
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“Some people don’t know what to do when a woman is in control”
WAP – “wet ass pussy” – was almost immediately as controversial as it was catchy. Released on 7 August 2020, it took less than 24 hours for Republican politician James P Bradley to tweet that WAP was what happened when “children are raised without God”, and that the track made him “want to pour holy water in my ears”. Cynics should note that Bradley included the hashtag #WAP, for maximum attention, and that he was at pains to say that he heard the song “accidentally”.
Noise from conservative critics was one thing – and perhaps expected. Others found that Megan and Cardi’s association of sex with money a big problem. Comedian Russell Brand called it “a sort of capitalist objectification and commodification”; some might comment on how Brand was notorious for objectifying and commodifying an ex-partner live on radio to her own grandfather in 2008.
But it’s OK when men do it, right?