Rapper Cardi B (who the RIAA recently announced was the 13th best-selling female artist of all time in digital singles with 24 million units) has faced backlash on social media recently after a video from three years ago where she admitted she had both drugged and stole from men during her tenure as a stripper resurfaced: (Warning: Strong NSFW language.)

 

 

“I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f–k me? 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. Nothing was [expletive] handed to me,” the twenty-six year old Cardi explained in the emotionally charged video. The statements prompted widespread scrutiny and recoil, including a trending #SurvivingCardiB hashtag on Twitter, an obvious comparison to the allegations R&B singer R. Kelly has been facing in light of the Lifetime Surviving R. Kelly docuseries.

 

 

Cardi also admitted to setting up straight men to have sex with transgender women:

Some Twitter users defended Cardi however, citing the outrage as fallacious and manufactured:

 

 

Cardi has since addressed the controversy on both Twitter:

 

 

And Instagram:

 

 

“I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options. I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not,” the Bronx-born Please Me singer said in the IG statement. “Whether or not they were poor choices at the time I did what I had to do to survive… All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future.”

Does Cardi B deserve to face the scrutiny as artists who have faced backlash like R. Kelly or should she be lauded for her candor regarding her past actions?

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