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Kylie Jenner is being crucified for the crime of being white.
Fans of hip-hop artists Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion want Jenner cancelled from the duo’s new raunchy music video for what they consider cultural appropriation.
A Change.org petition calling for Kylie Jenner to be removed from the “WAP” video has amassed nearly 40,000 signatures as of this writing.
Jenner, the cosmetics mogul, model, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, is being slammed for the cameo because, among other things, that she is Caucasian, a “colonizer,” and a “culture vulture,” according to her detractors.
“I was happily enjoying my daily cup of brown women until the culture stealing colonizer showed up and made me spill. Thank you,” wrote one of the petition signers.
Another signor wrote that “The video is dangerous for anyone of color watching beautiful black women because it ultimately takes away from their power and influence…Kylie was not needed at all.”
“[Kylie] is a well known culturally appropriating white Woman walking through a video seemingly celebrating women’s and minority sexuality. A business move I’m sure…It’s always convenient for white girls to show up in something when it’s ‘for all races’…Another opportunity for them to steal the spotlight of empowering moments for minorities and women…,” another signer reasoned.
Staring at about the 1:40 mark, Kylie appears in the video for approximately 20 seconds walking down a hallway, in a leopard-print dress, with a real leopard also showing up.
“The video was perfect until we saw K and I wanted to throw my phone,” the person with the screen name ‘Nini youtube’ who launched the petition explained.
As you would expect, Kylie foes also took to Twitter to express their displeasure with her music video guest appearance.
The reasons for people signing the Kylie Jenner petition are SENDING me. pic.twitter.com/eEsz3SmmiN
— Antravis Bisou (@revivemilestone) August 7, 2020
— Ahmed (@haitianpipo) August 7, 2020
In a less-polarized vein, some social media users joked that Golden Girl Betty White, 98, would be a suitable replacement for Kylie Jenner, resulting in the former trending on Twitter
— Uncouth Marie (@UncouthMarie) August 7, 2020
Perhaps in response to the controversy, Cardi B issued a tweet in which she noted that “It was so important to me to include different women, that are different races and come from different backgrounds but are so powerful and influential.” Kylie Jenner herself has not responded to the outcry.
I wanna say thank you to every woman that was apart of my video! The fact that you made time in your schedules means alot to me! It was so important to me to include different women,that are different races and come from different backgrounds but are so powerful and influential.
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) August 7, 2020
Other artists appearing in “WAP” include Normani, Mulatto, and Sukihana.
“Over the last decade, Jenner and members of her family have consistently been criticized for exploiting or performing facets of Black culture when it benefits their image or brand,” BuzzFeed claimed.
The Cardi B-Megan video has 33 million hits so far on YouTube (** Warning for extreme visual content and language)
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