A hit song that claims to be empowering for women actually encourages girls to degrade, objectify and even prostitute themselves in yet the method way of trying to call evil good and good evil in a woefully misguided justification.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
A hit song burning up the charts claims that its message is actually one of empowerment, but as will become obvious, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Presently, women in the world continue to struggle to achieve, educate themselves and move beyond the glass ceiling that still exists in many areas. Women still struggle against objectification, sexual harassment and being taken seriously.
The bitter irony is that a new hit song, calling itself empowering of women, only reinforces all of the stereotypes and struggles that women have been desperately been fighting to overcome for decades.
The song is titled “WAP” by Cardi B.
We would like to further preface that the point of this article is not to take issue with or condemn any genre of music or necessarily the performing artist. The entire point of this article is to make people aware, especially parents of young girls, at the way in which a song, such as WAP, this tries to reverse the roles of good and evil and imply that certain actions are empowering for women, when in fact – they are not.
“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”
– Proverbs 8:13
The title of the song WAP by Cardi B, is a vulgar acronym we will not spell out here but, suffice it to say, it refers to the condition of a part of the female anatomy.
While we’d like to use examples from the lyrics, they are simply too explicit to reprint. In fact, Google has scrubbed links to the explicit lyrics on its front page, only linking to “clean version” of the lyrics, which is almost like an entirely different song.
Further, in still images that were pulled from the video of the song and posted online, some of the shots were equally vulgar as that of the lyrics. In fact, it was surprising that some of these images were posted where minors could view them.
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.”
– Romans 12:9
For decades now, musical artists have tried to appeal to the generations of their time by bringing shock value to their performances. David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Cher, KISS, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Lady Gaga and the list goes on and on. While so much has been done before it, the song and video mostly fail in an attempt to shock, but succeeds in vulgarity.
It’s one thing to do use shock and vulgarity as a sell-out shtick. But it becomes a whole different matter when you try to justify a certain type of dangerous lifestyle and encourage others to follow that line of thinking. This goes beyond singing a song and veers into the territory of proselytizing for the purpose of altering the behavior of another.
“Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
We also must consider the source, the artist of the song WAP, Cardi B. While we hope for redemption, we must condemn evil as we see it, especially as this artist defends the ideas put forth in the song.
Cardi B Cosby is a former stripper, who confesses she had to rob men to survive. Admittedly, she would lead men into hotel rooms, drug them and rob them.
“I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f*** me?” Cardi B said. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go back to this hotel,’ and I drugged n****s up, and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.”
However, the story doesn’t quite add up. Elsewhere, she bragged that she made $3000 a night stripping. She claims to have saved $35,000 in singles by the time she was 22. With that kind of income, it would seem unnecessary to have to rob people on top of it, and is far beyond struggling to survive.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Matt Walsh of Daily Wire writes, that in the song WAP, and increasingly so in pop culture, young women are now being encouraged, in explicit ways, “to embrace their own objectification, to offer themselves up to be used by men who see them as nothing more than a masturbatory device.”
“They are told to choose emptiness over joy and to see stupidity and crassness as ‘feminine,'” Walsh continues. “The frauds who cheer this on, and help to usher a generation of girls into a miserable life of whorishness and loneliness, will soon revert back to decrying the objectification of the female form and pinning the blame on the patriarchy and other phantoms.”
“The point here is that even the people actively promoting the objectification of women and the commodification of sexuality know very well the harm that it causes,” Walsh summarizes.
Walsh points out that “there has always been stupid, degraded vulgarity in the world. But he adds that “the real danger” and what is “problematic” is “when that degradation is fitted into our children as something to aspire to.”
“Self-debasement is not empowering,” Walsh adds, “and it is rather important that we make this point.”
The biggest problem with the song may be that the media is heralding it with statements such as “a sex-positive triumph” (Los Angeles Times), “an anthem of female fierceness” (USA Today) and “the epitome of female empowerment” (Complex). The media is complicit in trying to spin the narrative about the reality of the song subject matter and intent.
Another bit of irony in the song is that we are at a time when the current culture, especially the younger generation, is hyper-focused on “toxic” messages, as well as dissecting and removing “problematic” language it considers harmful.
Matt Walsh of Daily Wire writes: “They insist that we must rename sports teams…rebrand grocery items, ban books, and censor films, all for the sake of protecting society from the harm that inappropriate words and ideas may cause.”
Yet, the lyrics of the song are cornucopia of misappropriate words, ideas, thoughts and suggestions.
The bottom line is, you are what you consume both physically and mentally: “Good in, good out. Bad in, bad out.” We are the result of what we absorb. The music we take in, when we give it meaning and weight, is no different than the company we keep.
“Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’
–1 Corinthians 15:33