This weekend, Cardi B posted a transphobic meme on her official Facebook account that quickly made the rounds on the internet. In a tweet yesterday, she denied posting the photo herself, blaming a former member of her staff.
“It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page,” she wrote. “For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to my account.”
It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page. For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.
That was the extent of her explanation. She didn’t address the nature of the meme, but just put the responsibility on this former staff member. According to Billboard, the meme was still up on her account when she tweeted the apology, but it has since been taken down.
The picture in question showed a cartoon man looking out a window, and the caption was “I hope nobody see this [transphobic slur] leaving my house.” The meme was posted with a few laugh/cry emojis and a skull.
Fans and Twitter users were understandably upset about it. Other celebrities, like activist and actress Laverne Cox, jumped in to criticize Cardi.
I am a huge advocate for free speech but as long as its socially acceptable to make jokes about trans people, to make and share memes disparaging & demeaning trans folks, trans folks will continue to be murdered &denied civil rights. #TransIsBeautiful #transrightsarehumanrights
This isn’t the first time Cardi has used a slur referring to the trans community. In a Periscope video in January, she said she “did not know that that was a bad word ‘cause trans people use it.”
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