Cardi B Denies Posting Transphobic Meme
Social media is reacting over the sharing of a Rolf meme posted to an official Cardi B account on Facebook. Since the post has gone viral, Cardi has been labeled as transphobic for the “offensive” narrative portrayed in the meme, and it’s the caption of the meme which is catching everyone’s attention. This particular meme shared to the “Ring” rapper’s Facebook, is only a variation of the heavily circulated one of the character from Cartoon Network’s Ed, Edd, n Eddy. As social media has creatively came up with their own jokes and alterations to the meme, one spoof involving the word “tranny,” has not been taken lightly.
The meme in question was shard to the account over the weekend, and it displays Rolf with dreads, pandering aggressively out of the window, with a caption that read,
“I hope nobody see this tranny leave my house.”
After the sharing of the image, Cardi B has been forced to come out from her cloak of social media invisibility due to the amount of criticism she’s been receiving. She took to her Twitter account on Sunday to issue a statement about the image to her 3.91 million followers. She wrote,
It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page. For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.
See a few reactions to incident below.
My problem with @iamcardib is that she blames someone else with her “apologies”. I would trust and respect her more if she could AT LEAST share info on trans people that is positive that give awareness. DO SOMETHING for the LGBTQ+ community if you aren’t transphobic
— ?Josie? (@colorssoooh) September 17, 2018
I am a huge advocate for free speech but as long as its socially acceptable to make jokes about trans people, to make and share memes disparaging & demeaning trans folks, trans folks will continue to be murdered &denied civil rights. #TransIsBeautiful #transrightsarehumanrights
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) September 16, 2018
@iamcardib I love you. I want you to thrive. I implore you to take that FB post down and take some time away. You have shamed my community so many times and with your platform…you need to be educated on the harm and danger you continue to do to transgender women…
— Morgan Sherm (@morganLOOKS) September 16, 2018
We’ve tried educating her she clearly doesn’t care and it’s time to hold her accountable. The average life expectancy for a trans woman of color in America is 35 years old, we don’t need Cardi putting transphobic content out
— Serena Daniari (@serenajazmine) September 17, 2018
She also detailed her displeasure with Facebook in an Instagram comment.
As Cardi tried to administer some damage control, many began to wonder if she was going to be releasing an apology in addition to her statement. Although Cardi has yet to deny or confirm an apology, she did share a screen recording of a direct message exchange between her and the former team member – she spoke about on Twitter – to her Instagram. She initially shared the post Sunday evening, but it has since been deleted. Within the messages, Cardi is questioning the former team member about how the meme got posted, who did it, and how the person tried to fix the situation.
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The team member confessed that someone else posted the meme, along with screenshots of the person who posted the image being apologetic for Cardi receiving backlash for the post. The Facebook meme has since been deleted.