In nearly 2022, the notion that playing with a kitchen set can make little boys gay seems absurdly out of touch, but you can count hip hop star Cardi B among those not having that sexist, homophobic nonsense.
The controversy kicked off with parents sharing photos on Facebook of their young sons playing with kitchen sets after seeing Ryan Kaji, the tyke who stars in the wildly popular YouTube channel Ryan's World, playing with his own set.
Soon enough, the photos sparked a debate about gender and sexuality, with people claiming kitchen sets are for girls.
Cardi B, mother to a son herself, retweeted one of the controversial photos that went viral and slammed the uproar as "dumb."
See the tweet below.
"The fact that Ryans world the little boy from YOuTube make millions and he have a kitchen set like this and y’all worry about if this gay or not 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️"
"Stop being so close minded and dumb"
As the tweet Cardi B shared in her own put it, "a full blown gender war" erupted on Facebook in the wake of parents sharing the pics of their sons playing with kitchen sets.
One commenter railed:
“DO NOT buy your son a kitchen set for Christmas… get him a tool set… don’t put the wrong ideals in ya son head at an early age.”
The notion is patently ridiculous.
As several people pointed out in response, cooking is an essential life skill that all genders and sexualities use. Because, you know, their diet would be pretty limited otherwise?
The ridiculous controversy angered many people on Twitter, who clapped back at the notion toys have any bearing on a child's gender or sexuality—especially since such panic assumes there's something wrong with a child being a different gender or sexuality than what bigots considered "normal."
On Twitter, people applauded Cardi B for clapping back at this very stupid controversy.
It's likely Cardi B's objection to this homophobic nonsense is personal.
The mother to a three-year-old daughter and a three-month-old son will be officiating actor Kal Penn's upcoming wedding to his soon-to-be husband Josh.