In the era of #MeToo, women continue to share their experiences with sexual assault and harassment. Celebrities have been at the forefront of the movement, spearheading conversations about workplace wrongdoing and systemic abuse in the entertainment industry. Now, Cardi B is speaking up about an unsettling incident she experienced on the set of a photoshoot.
In a teaser clip for WETV’s upcoming episode of Untold Stories of Hip Hop, the 26-year-old rapper details an encounter with a photographer during a magazine shoot. “I will never forget how I went to shoot for this magazine and the photographer, he was trying to get close to me like, ‘Yeah, you want to get in this magazine?'” she says. “Then he pulled his d*** out.”
“I was so f*****g mad,” she continues. “And I was just like, ‘This is crazy.'”
The interviewer asks Cardi how she handled the situation, to which she replies: “I was like, ‘You’re’ f*****g bugging. You know what? I’m out.'” Cardi also says that executives at the magazine didn’t take her seriously when she brought up the incident. “You know what’s so crazy?” she continues. “I told the magazine owner and he just looked at me like, ‘So? And?'”
Cardi briefly mentioned this experience in an interview with Cosmopolitan back in 2018, but had also expressed doubts that the #MeToo movement could affect change for women in hip-hop as much as within other industries. “A lot of video vixens have spoke about this and nobody gives a f***,” she said.
Now, the award-winning artist is speaking out about her own experiences in order to advocate for her peers.
“When I see the #MeToo movement,” she says in the Untold Stories of Hip Hip clip, “there’s girls from the hood I know that went through the same type of treatment, like they make you feel like you got to do a certain type of thing for the most bullshit sh**. It happens, really, every day.”
But Cardi isn’t about to let nonsense like this happen to her again. When the interviewer asks whether she still experiences incidents like this at this point in her career, the rapper replies: “Oh, hell no. I’ll put you on blast on my Instagram,” she says.
This is actually a tactic many women are using to spread awareness of abuse while warning other women. In July, model Sunnaya Nash published a direct message exchange she had with celebrity photographer Marcus Hyde, revealing that he tried to bride her with a photoshoot in exchange for sending him nude photos. When she declined, things took a hostile turn.
These stories are just another reminder of what women go through regularly, and for Cardi, she hopes hers will shed some more light on the major issues in the male-dominated hip hop industry. Untold Stories of Hip Hop airs Thursday night at 10 p.m. EST on WE TV. In the meantime, check out the clip below.