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Was This Feud Really Worth Cardi B Deleting Her Instagram?
Cardi B’s saying goodbye to Instagram…for now.
The Invasion of Privacy rapper deleted her account today after a feud with fellow rapper Azealia Banks quickly escalated. The move is genuinely shocking for Cardi: she grew a huge fanbase on the social media site, developing her public persona through viral videos and by coining off-the-cuff, often hilarious catchphrases and mantras.
So what seems to have caused this abrupt, out-of-character move from Cardi? None other than Banks’ latest interview, where she stirred up some extremely in-character drama. She was back at it again yesterday on The Breakfast Club on Power 105.3 FM, throwing incendiary insults Cardi’s way.
“Two years ago, the conversation surrounding Black women’s culture was really reaching an all-time high,” Banks said in reference to Beyonce’s 2016 album Lemonade. “There was just this really, really, really intelligent conversation going on nationally.
“And then everything just kind of changed, and then it was like Cardi B,” she said, bringing the rapper into the conversation.
Banks continued: “I’m just talking about this caricature of a black woman that black women themselves would never be able to get away with. Like, if my spelling and grammar was that bad, I’d be canceled. If Nicki Minaj spelled like that, we would be ragging on her all day.”
Why do men seem like they get along with each other better than women do? Are women too competitive with one another perhaps?
Women tearing each other apart is a narrative pop culture loves to promote. Shade and side eye have replaced women being supportive of each other.
We rarely hear about male celebrities feuding. When we do, the story leaves the news cycle very quickly. Men criticizing other men is regarded as a strength that doesn’t detract from their artistic output. Their feedback is portrayed as respectful, measured, and constructive, compared to the tearing each other down tone reserved for coverage of women.
We need more stories about women supporting women and encouraging each other.