Cardi B Apologizes to Bernice King For Spoof Claiming Dr. King Cheated On Wife Coretta
Before Cardi B became a rapper, she was a source of laughter for her thousands of Instagram followers. As an Instagram comedian, she would participate in various skits, including one called The Real Housewives of the Civil Rights Movement. Before her deal with Atlantic records, Cardi worked alongside Wild ‘N Out star, Rip Micheals for one of his shows called Off the Rip. Multiple skits have resurfaced and in this particular skit, Cardi plays the role of Coretta Scott King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife.
The setting of the skit places Cardi and the other actresses who portrayed the roles of Rosa Parks, Malcolm X’s wife, Betty Shabazz, and Jesse Jackson’s wife, Jacqueline Lavina Brown, gathering to form a march for Dr. King. In the video, the Shabazz character labeled Dr. King a “hoe,” and said,
“Coretta thinks she’s untouchable, but everyone has had a piece of Martin.”
In the same video, the Scott King character (played by Cardi) says,
“All these hussies wanna sleep with my husband, but that’s alright ‘cause I know he marches home to me.”
Although many would argue the video was comedic and presented a different point of view, Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. MLK and Coretta Scott King, thought the clip was offensive. In a deleted tweet, she expressed her discomfort,
“On the 55th anniversary of #IHaveADream,’ a clip on @TMZ depicts my parents (Cardi B playing my mom) & great women of the CRM in a repulsive, false light. They paid an extraordinary price so people of color can have a platform- & this is how you use it. @iamcardib: Let’s talk.”
Cardi B tends to publicize a lot of her emotions, triumphs, and discourses via social media, but this time, she handled it pretty quietly. According to Bernice, Cardi has reached to apologize about the role she played in the video. In a tweet on Tuesday, Bernice wrote,
“Thank you, @iamcardib, for reaching out to me and apologizing for the skit that aired on @TMZ. I look forward to talking with you soon.”
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) August 28, 2018
Rip Micheals caught wind of the tweet and has issued an olive branch, as well. In a response to Bernice’s appreciative tweet, he stated,
“The views expressed on “Off The Rip” are of mine. & not @iamcardib In no know way it was it 2 defame your family’s legacy.”
The views expressed on “Off The Rip”are of mine. & not @iamcardib In no know way it was it 2 defame your family’s legacy.
— RIP MICHEALS!! (@ripmicheals) August 28, 2018
Cardi B has yet to publicly come forward about the skit.