Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion performed their No. one hit “WAP” last month at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards much to some viewers’ dismay, apparently.
As of this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received more than 1,000 complaints regarding the duo’s performance at the awards show.
According to a Rolling Stone report, the FCC received more than 1000 emails after some viewers felt the channel should not have televised the performance.
During the Grammys, which aired 14 March on CBS, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion performed a raunchy medley of “Body,” “Savage,” “Up,” and “WAP.” For the final song, the pair danced provocatively together on a massive bed. Some viewers argued that the performance wasn’t appropriate for children and included “pornographic content.”
“I felt violated with Megan Stallion and Cardi B’s performance. I am pro-sex-positivity and body positivity but this performance crossed the line into pornography,” one viewer said via email, according to Rolling Stone. “Many kids still awake at that time, and even non-consenting adults were unexpectedly staring at pure objectification of women at its finest. Objectification perpetuates violence against women, maintaining the ripple effect that causes domestic violence, human trafficking, encouraging the consumption of women and then the disposal of them.”
A Virginia resident also expressed concern that children might’ve seen the performance, writing: “It is hard to tolerate much less stomach the performance of Cardi B at the Grammys. It was disgusting and the thought of young children possibly viewing it horrifies me.”
Another email mentioned in the report revealed how one viewer was ‘stunned’ to see Cardi B and Megan’s performance since it was meant to inspire women but it turned out to be a ‘disgusting display’. The complainant further wanted to file a lawsuit against the ‘performers, the network and any and all persons, corporations’ involved.
Interestingly, last year saw Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s halftime show at the Super Bowl cause the FCC to receive over 1312 complaints. Cardi recently defended her performance after TV host Tucker Carlson said it was ‘hurtful’ to children.
WAP was released last summer and topped the charts in both the UK and on the US Billboard Hot 100. Criticism was immediately levied at the song, which sees Cardi and Megan talk explicitly about being pleasured by their men.