Cardi B bemoans how fans always impose respectability politics on women in the spotlight

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In her cover interview with Billboard Magazine as their Woman of the Year, Cardi B opens up about the pressures of being in the limelight.

She mentions that she was heavily criticised for her sexually-charged lyrics in hit song with Megan Thee Stallion, "WAP".

"Am I a role model? I know I'm a role model because I know there's a lot of women like me," Cardi said.

"I want to show people that you can do positive things, but you can also be yourself. I'm a very sexual person. I love sex," the rapper adds.

Cardi then addressed the double standards women artists still face, saying;

"Women are not treated in the same way that men are treated. Men get a pass for almost everything they do - for instance, disrespect or gun violence. Whereas with women it's always this assumption that women don't like each other."

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She added that fans expect celebrity women to be saint-like - to act a certain way and produce only a certain kind music.

"I'm just a regular person," she says in her interview. 

Cardi also recalled the backlash she received and 'one hit wonder' jabs for not putting out music for nearly a year as she expresses that "throughout those ten months, [she] kept seeing thousands of comments and tweets [to the tune of], 'She's over. She's a flop. She's done with'."

"People tried to erase me," she says, adding how "that's not fair. I'm taking a little break. If I put out bad music, I'm going to get called a flop, and if I take my time, people are saying I'm over. That's not fair."

"When [women] artists are rising, you don't have to put one down because the others are rising," Cardi concludes. 

A similar sentiment was echoed by local YouTube star Mihlali Ndamase on Twitter earlier this week, when she expressed  a commonly shared grievance about how parents expect public figures to be role models for their children. 

This came after a Twitter user missed the banter in her post about "believing in indoda [Xhosa: a man] more than herself", responding to the the tweet with much unwarranted disdain. 

Source: Billboard Magazine

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