Ben Shapiro, conservative commentator and the king of bad takes, recently reacted to the new Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion song, "WAP," on his show for the conservative outlet, The Daily Wire. And it’s a doozy to watch. Not only does Shapiro prove that he has no rhythm, but he also completely misses the point of the video. But despite how bad his take is, the video is kind of entertaining because of how bad it is. Throughout the video, Shapiro laments about the vulgarity of the song and says p-word instead of pussy.
Ben Shapiro reads "WAP" lyrics pic.twitter.com/bIVH1Pnwvx— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) August 10, 2020
People on Twitter were not slow to clown on Shapiro and his video.
the real reason ben shapiro is mad at megan and cardi is because they’re both taller than him— Trey Smith (@SlimiHendrix) August 10, 2020
The way Ben Shapiro says "p-word" in this video tells me he wouldn't know a wet one if he drowned in it https://t.co/3kDedGBKkt— Rebecca Pierce #BlackShabbat (@aptly_engineerd) August 10, 2020
The video has sparked a couple of comedic mashups of the song with his video and I gotta say, even though I hate Ben Shapiro with every fiber of my being, the remixes are entertaining.
Cardi B - WAP feat. Ben Shapiro pic.twitter.com/OzbKwJLRby— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 10, 2020
here’s the dramatic ben shapiro WAP remix nobody asked for. pic.twitter.com/hqLS4YMN9b— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) August 10, 2020
Towards the end of his video, after he reads through the lyrics, Shapiro went on to make yet another bad take to add to his collection. “This is what feminists fought for. This is what the feminist movement was all about, and if you say anything differently it’s ’cause you’re a misogynist, see?” What this disgusting little man refuses to realize is that feminism is a multifaceted movement and that women talking about their pussy because they want to is not degrading.
There is something special about having our bodies being talked about by men and viewed through the lens of men for so long and then flipping that script on its head. That’s what this video is about and that’s what feminism is about. No one is saying that all women have to talk about their pussies or sex, but feminism is allowing women who have been historically not allowed to talk about these things to talk about them.
Of course, with anything women do, Shapiro wasn’t the only man to open his mouth to give his opinion when he wasn’t asked. A Republican running for a congressional seat in California said that the two singers were raised “without God and without a strong father figure.” Errol Webber, another politician said that the song was “one big advertisement for promiscuity.”
Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion are what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure. 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 P. Bradley (@BradleyCongress) August 7, 2020
That new #WAP song by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion is exactly everything that is wrong with mainstream hip-hop culture.— Errol Webber For Congress (CA-37) (@ErrolWebber) August 7, 2020
It’s like one big advertisement for promiscuity. Encourages wild & unsafe sex.
Then you wonder why Planned Parenthood targets Black communities?
These comments were met with backlash, considering men have expressed their sexuality in music for so long and there’s nothing wrong with female sexuality.
Women have a right to express their sexuality to the same extent men do. I'm tired of the double standard. If you don't like #WAP, don't listen to it, but it didn't "set women back 100 years." Rather, it's evidence how far women have come in the last 100 years. #WAPMusicVideo— Josh Humpherys (@joshhumpherys) August 8, 2020
The fact that the song WAP is getting so much hate for “being overly sexualized” doesn’t sit right with me. Why is it okay for male rappers to rap about sex but when women do they’re hos?? ? Women are allowed to enjoy sex. I don’t like this double standard shit. ?♀️— ✨Elaina✨ (@elainabaker16) August 7, 2020
Men like Ben Shapiro aren't mad about @iamcardib and @theestallion's "vulgar" language in #WAP , they're mad about women are exercising their sexuality without permission. I had some things to say about sexuality, power, and who's in control https://t.co/KfOasKTdHs— Brittney McNamara (@brittneymac15) August 11, 2020
Cardi B even joined in on the fun of clowning on Shapiro. She posted a tweet reacting to the remix with a bunch of laughing crying emojis and posted another tweet commenting on how made conservatives were about the song. It's safe to say, that in like most instances, Cardi remains unbothered.
I can’t believe conservatives soo mad about WAP. https://t.co/R9vBknfek8— iamcardib (@iamcardib) August 10, 2020
While you don’t have to like the music or the music video, the backlash these two rappers are getting from men is ridiculous, but obviously not unexpected. Women should be able to express their sexuality without being criticized for being exploitative, especially if they're expressing their sexuality on their own terms and in their own way.
Header image: Screenshot from the WAP Music Video
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Diana Holiner is currently a student at Emerson College where she is majoring in Visual Media Arts Production. She lives in Dover, Massachusetts and enjoys hanging out with her dog and watching television.