You can call her Spicy Mami, and Hot Tamale but you cannot call her Coretta Scott King. “I Like It” rapper Belcalis Almanzar is being forced to provide answers and apologies after a recent video of her spoofing the Civil Rights Leader has surfaced.
On Tuesday, video of Cardi B (that’s pre-teeth-fixing) portraying Coretta Scott King, the wife of the late Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. sparked a blaze on the internet.
The skit, which surfaced on the same day of King’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech anniversary, has pushed the Dominicana, who has built a reputation for being pretty unapologetic to make some major mea culpas. In the video, the rapper and former “Love & Hip Hop: New York” cast member jokes about King’s efforts and contributions to the 1960s Civil Rights movement along with other actors who play Rosa Parks and the wives of activists such as Malcolm X and Jesse King. During the clip, Cardi and the other actress also reference King’s alleged infidelities.
“All these hussies want to sleep with my husband, but it’s alright cause I know he marches home to me,” Cardi says at one point in the video in response to another actress calling the civil rights leader a “ho.”
According to TMZ, Cardi shot the video three years ago when she was attempting to be an Instagram comedian and was working with “Wild ‘N Out” star Rip Micheals.
In response to the video leaks, Cardi has reportedly issued a private apology to King’s daughter.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) August 28, 2018
On Tuesday, Coretta Scott King’s daughter Bernice King thanked the rapper in a tweet for apologizing to her for her role in the video which both she and her brother have ridiculed as offensive. Headlines for the videos, which credit them to “Wild ‘N Out” star Rip Michaels’ new show, “Off the Rip.” imply that the videos are recent. However, a clear tell that the video was likely taped a few years ago is Cardi B’s feet, which he had fixed in 2016. The second video released by the celebrity gossip site includes jokes about Mexicans, Haitians, and Puerto Ricans that have fans of Cardi B feeling a bit torn.
Check out the video here.
Various fans of Cardi have spoken up about the video, including community organizer Rosa Clemente.
She did the right thing. Good to read.
— Rosa A. Clemente (@rosaclemente) August 29, 2018
Puerto Rican community organizer, Rosa Clemente commended the rapper for speaking up about the video and apologizing as soon as it surfaced.
Some have defended the Latina saying that she was only playing a role.
So Leo is a racist then because he didn't turn down the role?
— Jonnoi (@bat_beck) August 29, 2018
Others have pointed out that just because you’re in on an offensive joke that wasn’t written by you it’s still not okay.
For the most part, fans of the rapper are just relieved she’s taking ownership.
Awww that was nice of @iamcardib so considerate of others well being
— miranda sapp (@miranda_sapp) August 29, 2018
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