We live in an age where it’s not hard for a person to be shamed on social media for just about anything. From a user simply sharing their thoughts and opinions to showing a photo of their body, they are subject to scrutiny from those who view their content. Just as well, social media’s grounds seem to be made of “eggshells” lately as one must now tread lightly unless they will “face the consequences.”
Rapper Cardi B has a swarm of fans that love and support her, but she is one of those social media users that happen to face scrutiny almost consistently. She is not one to shy away from speaking her mind, no matter the situation, and also takes a no-nonsense approach to her followers when it comes to disrespect. The “Press” rapper is known to clap back to many a user to crosses any lines.
While she has a life on social media, the wife and mom to Kulture says that she knows how to prioritize her time and real-life over any social media platform. “Sometimes I’ll see something online and it’ll piss me off, and then my baby will start crying or something, and it’s like, ‘You know what? I’ve got to deal with the milk. Forget this,’” she said in a 2019 interview with Harper’s Bazaar. “I’ve noticed that every time you respond, you just make things worse, so I’m over it. I’m just over it. I really don’t need it, and sometimes it just brings chaos to my brain. I can stay off social media. I’ve been trying.”
Sometimes, however, it’s not that easy to let the wilds of her followers and critics just fly by without going unnoticed, and so at times, she’s chosen to simply deactivate her social media. For instance, when she was given the honor for Best Rap Album for her debut Invasion of Privacy, a historic win for the rapper being the first solo female artist to win. Her big moment was met with severe backlash.
Another incident occurred where she left social media due to all the criticism surrounding her divorce. Taking to Instagram Live before she left, she shared how tired she was of “a whole bunch of 15-year-olds telling me how to live my life like I’m Ariana Grande or something like I came from Disney or something.”
She continued, “I’m so tired that because of y’all I’ve gotta continuously explain myself. I didn’t put my divorce out there, a court clerk put it out there. And because people are making rumors up, ‘Oh, this guy has a girl pregnant,’ this and that, I have to address it….To be honest with you, my marriage is one of the least worries that I have right now. I love my fans and I’m thankful and I’m grateful for everything you do, but some of you really be acting like I sleep with ya.”
Should I spend 88K for this damn purse ? Omggg it’s tempting 😩😩😩— iamcardib (@iamcardib) December 6, 2020
Most recently she’s come under fire again for simply sharing her thoughts on Twitter about a purchase she desired to make. “Should I spend 88K for this damn purse? Omggg it’s tempting,” she initially tweeted out, before being met with immense backlash by her fans who took offense due to many dealing with financial hardships due to unemployment and the crisis.
“Sis, there’s an eviction crisis, folks can’t feed their families, students are drowning in debt, and people are sick […]Most of us don’t have the luxury of $88 temptations so hearing you’re trying to drop $88k on a purse feels hella wrong,” tweeted a fan in response to the rapper among a slew of other comments for the rapper to “read the room”.
Any charity or foundation drop your receipts 🧾 under the comment I will match what you donated and match your donation to that same charity or foundation.Lets match energy.— iamcardib (@iamcardib) December 6, 2020
Catching wind of the criticism, Cardi decided to address her tweet by announcing she would match donations of those who have also donated to charity during the pandemic. “I will match what you donated and match your donation to that same charity or foundation,” she stated. “Let’s match energy.”
She then responded to a fan who suggested she donate to a charity that helps people who are currently suffering due to the crisis, including those that buy her music. “I already donated 2 million dollars this year and I’m doing something very special in another country that will be done with next year,” she tweeted. “What have you donated ?” She also mentioned donating $1 million to fans via cash app a few months ago.
I already donated 2 million dollars this year and I’m doing something very special in a another country that will be done with next year.What have you donated ? https://t.co/FRYERsIKu5— iamcardib (@iamcardib) December 6, 2020
After all the noise, the rapper apologized for her tweet and then decided to move forward with the purchase – even asking fans if they wanted to see the new purse.
Definitely buying the bag now 🤷🏽♀️— iamcardib (@iamcardib) December 7, 2020
See fan comments below:
Asking Twitter if you should by a 88,000 purse is insensitive rn I don’t care what anyone says— Native 🦋 (@indigenousfight) December 6, 2020
You just gotta take it on the chin. Millions of ppl are being evicted and driven to poverty or being hospitalized. So their annoyance towards seeing ppl in their same realm of reality being able to afford an $80,000 is warranted.— ✨J.T.✨ (@Hollywood_JT_) December 7, 2020
EXACTLY! It’s not abt the purse AT ALL! It’s the whole publicly fake-stressin’ abt the non-problem of deciding 2 buy an $88,000.00 purse or not during a time when so many are hurting so bad. Like announcing to homeless folks that you stressin buying your 5th muti_million $$ home.— TweetsFromReality (@TweetsFromReal1) December 7, 2020