Rapper and new mom Cardi B is having one hell of a week.
First a fight with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj at Harper's Bazaar ICONS by Carine Roitfeld event in New York City and now upset fans reacting to a Facebook post of an anti-trans meme.
Actress and star of Orange Is The New Black, caught wind of the post and had a little something to say about it. On Twitter Cox posted:
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
I am a huge advocate for free speech but as long as its socially acceptable to make jokes about trans people, to ma… https://t.co/U4csE7OWuf— Laverne Cox (@Laverne Cox)1537124489.0
For her part Cardi B denies having anything to do with the post saying that an ex-member of her team had full control of her Facebook Page. She tweeted on Sunday:
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 my account.
It's come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page. For the pa… https://t.co/ccgdpIKoNY— iamcardib (@iamcardib)1537124431.0
The Facebook post was removed, but not before there was significant push-back.
@iamcardib I love you. I want you to thrive. I implore you to take that FB post down and take some time away. You h… https://t.co/T5aO8VLwtB— Morgan Sherm (@Morgan Sherm)1537121541.0
And specifically transgender women of color. My life expectancy as a Black transgender woman is 35. And your transp… https://t.co/Bd8OLPNcN9— Morgan Sherm (@Morgan Sherm)1537121541.0
Listen. Even if true. It’s still the fault of you and your new team for leaving your name and image in the hands of… https://t.co/5DToH8mQ5z— George M Johnson (@George M Johnson)1537126311.0
Re: Cardi’s post? I’m cisgender and I encourage other cis folks to listen to trans folks on this subject.— Blair Imani (@Blair Imani)1537128332.0
Some folks weren't buying the sincerity of the tweet.
Damage control without an apology? INTERESTING. https://t.co/XuFZnUToH2— Bitch, I'm rich (@Bitch, I'm rich)1537127605.0
@KingdomTingz She’s gotten away with it before so she’s going to keep doing it— Twin07 (@Twin07)1537150223.0
Others felt that the transgender community was being used as pawns in a battle between Cardi B and Minaj. Neither of which have a great track record when it comes to compassion for the transgender community.
I'm watching this Cardi fallout with a lot of distrust. I feel like a lot of y'all don't actually care and are just… https://t.co/kJygF0zLgX— Yvangelista (@Yvangelista)1537127461.0
@iamcardib Did someone on your team post this? https://t.co/sohLwsYE79— del. (@del.)1537125214.0
@iamcardib Since y’all Barbz want to make up lies...we just gone pull out facts. “Don’t tell a lie on me, and I won… https://t.co/4TmbdQjcWf— Tink🍯 (@Tink🍯)1537139431.0
@iamcardib since y’all nicki stans wanna be messy here ya go https://t.co/hiA8lO7LLI— Ok? (@Ok?)1537125974.0
Of course this may all be overreaction and simple misunderstanding of regional speak.
@shakeelovelace @Lavernecox Meanwhile..so transphobic..rolls eyes..Ben Shapiro is real transphobia https://t.co/cxTeK0aMbD— MrsKellyPierce (@MrsKellyPierce)1537150598.0
Perhaps we can all try to do better and when we error apologize and move forward.