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Cardi B Sparks Outrage After Using Ableist Slur In Reaction To Her Accidental Topless Photo Leak

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Cardi B accidentally uploaded a topless photo of herself on Instagram stories and removed it after an unspecified amount of time.

The “WAP” singer apologized for the gaffe in a voice note, but the use of an ableist term while expressing her regret caused outrage on social media.

In the message that was recorded and uploaded on Twitter, the mortified rapper said:

“Lord, why the f’k you have to make me so f’ing stupid and [R-word]? Why, why, why?”

“You know what, I’m not gonna beat myself up about it. I’m just gonna eat my breakfast and then I’m gonna go to the party.”

You can hear her recording in the tweet below.

WARNING: NSFW language


Twitter called out the rapper for her casual use of the R-word – which is offensive to those with or perceived to have a disability when used by an able-bodied person.

In an effort to minimize the backlash, one Twitter user mentioned Nicki Minaj for her use of the same slur in one of her songs.


But @diegostarships countered:

“That was in 2007 baby it wasn’t a big thing back then and a lot of people weren’t educated on things like that.”

“Now it’s 2020 and almost everybody knows that words can be hurtful especially when it’s addressed to people less fortunate-over all that won’t save cardi.”

Fans who did not see malicious intent behind the use of the slur advised the rapper to be more self-aware in the future.

In her voice memo addressing the accidental leak, Cardi B continued:

“It was my f**k up… s**t happens.”

“I am not going to think about it… No, I won’t. It is what it is. S**t happened. F’k it, it’s not even the first time. I used to be a stripper so whatever. Ay, dios mio.”

This is not the first time the rapper sparked controversy for using discriminatory language on social media.

In July, the rapper used a term that is derogatory towards people of Asian descent in response to a fan who commented on a now-deleted Instagram photo of what her daughter Kulture may look like in the future.

The fan mentioned the composite photo of Cardi and her husband Offset looked like Cardi’s sister Hennessy.

To which the rapper responded:

“I think cause Hennessy got ch*nky eyes like Offset and so [does] KK. It’s the only [thing] I could think.”

She responded to the backlash in a deleted tweet:

“I don’t know f’kin’ everything. We don’t even use that as [an] insult and I don’t use it as [an] insult. I’m sick of the internet.”

According to Indy 100, the rapper has yet to address the controversy for her use of the ableist slur.

Koh Mochizuki

Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1