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Cardi B responds to criticism of her past actions: “All I can do now is be a better me for myself, my family and my future.”

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.

why isn’t anyone talking about #CardiB and her drugging men then robbing them… like if this were a man for example… this would be a different story. waiting for #survivingcardib

— rebecca (@rebecca01146617) March 24, 2019

Imagine if it was a Male fucking and drugging women then stealing all their shit, the world would have a completely different reaction 😤 double standards much #SurvivingCardiB

— Callum (@callumbell14_) March 27, 2019

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:

This #SurvivingCardiB hashtag is just another example of fake outrage. Do you know HOW MANY RAPPERS you would have to CANCEL based on their “street life”? Chile! Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Jay Z? Do I need to keep going? Nobody said its right. Thats HER REALITY.

— ℙ𝕖𝕥𝕥𝕪 ℙ𝕚𝕤𝕔𝕖𝕒𝕟 (@PrissThePisces) March 26, 2019

Industry Double standards . Y’all know how many male rappers talk about the same shit and worse everyday. Stop it #SurvivingCardiB

— B.Davis (@EstMoonXx) March 26, 2019

Cardi has since addressed the controversy on both Twitter:

I never claim to be a angel I always been a street bitch Ya be glorifying this street rappers that talk and do that grimmey street shit but they can’t stand a street bitch!

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 24, 2019

Okay I’m off Twitter for a few days 😘Have fun.

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 24, 2019

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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