Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" Music Video Receives Criticism From Carole Baskin of 'Tiger King'
The visual features photoshopped wildcats as props.
After releasing their steamy music video of their collaborative single “WAP” last week featuring fake big cats as props, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have received backlash from a big-cat rights activist who was not happy after watching their visual. Tiger King‘s Carole Baskin, CEO of non-profit animal sanctuary Big Cat Rescue, told Entertainment Weekly:
“My guess is that most people won’t even see the photoshopped cats in the scenes because the rest of it is so sexually explicit. I was happy to see that it does appear to all be photoshopped. It didn’t look like the cats were really in the rooms with the singers.
That being said, you have to pose a wildcat in front of a green screen to get that image and that doesn’t happen in the wild. It can’t happen in sanctuaries like ours where cats have plenty of room to avoid a green screen (or would shred it if offered access and could die from ingesting it). That tells me they probably dealt with one of the big cat pimps, probably even one of the ones shown in Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness, who make a living from beating, shocking and starving cats to make them stand on cue in front of a green screen in a studio. That’s never good for the cat.”
Additionally, Baskin notes that featuring wild cats, regardless of how they were placed in different scenes of the video, “serves to glamorizes the idea of rich people having tigers as pets.” She adds: “After tigers are too old for pay to play sessions by people like Joe Exotic, Bhagavan [Doc] Antle, Marc McCarthy, Mario Tabraue and others, they become a liability instead of an asset.”
Both rappers have not released a statement regarding the matter, so stay tuned while we wait for more information.
- Entertainment Weekly
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- Atlantic Records