Wisconsin Republican Representative Glenn Grothman is facing online backlash for comments he made during his floor speech in the House of Representatives last week.
During the speech, Grothman criticized Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion for their Grammy performance of their song "WAP" which took place on March 14, but was apparently still on the mind of the GOP legislator over a month later.
He also aimed criticism at the FCC, which he evidently feels is failing in its mission to regulate broadcast media by preventing performances like "WAP," which he claimed are "inconsistent with basic decency."
Rep. Glenn Grothman: "I receive complaints in my office, and rightfully so, about Cardi B in the Grammys… I assure… https://t.co/jvPBQkbMbJ— The Hill (@The Hill)1619115606.0
Grothman said of the FCC:
"Wake up FCC and begin to do your job. The moral decline of America is partly due to your utter complacency."
Twitter users weren't having any of it, though.
The backlash was strong and immediate.
@thehill Donald Trump's performance was inconsistent with basic decency for four long years.— gumby (@gumby)1619117974.0
@thehill I would consider Fox Entertainment the same.— Robert Catalano (@Robert Catalano)1619115849.0
@thehill The @GOP is inconsistent with basic decency.— sue vogt (@sue vogt)1619115903.0
@thehill Ma'Khia Bryant was just killed, and this is what Grothman focuses on, attacking a Black woman for the (gre… https://t.co/FjPDUuAKiL— Amanda Mustafic (she/her) (@Amanda Mustafic (she/her))1619115920.0
@llmk1253 @thehill He’s still upset women stopped wearing one-piece swimsuits that went down to the knees.— Packer Fan in ND (@Packer Fan in ND)1619117628.0
@thehill I question the right's definition of "basic decency". The party of Trump has exhibited no decency of any description.— Jack on a Mac 🔛 📱💻🖥⌚️ (@Jack on a Mac 🔛 📱💻🖥⌚️)1619116879.0
Average Twitter users weren't the only ones who took issue with Grothman's statements, however.
Cardi B herself had a few choice words to say about Grothman's priorities.
This gets me so mad ya don’t even know! I think we all been on the edge this week since we seen police brutality ba… https://t.co/C7oW4ujRqY— iamcardib (@iamcardib)1619106787.0
She went on to encourage people to vote to make sure that unqualified people aren't elected to these offices.
"This is why people gotta vote ,elect better people cause you got these dum a**es representing states."
People were quick to agree with Cardi, saying that Representative Grothman and the rest of the GOP's priorities were skewed.
@iamcardib @therecount God forbid they focus on the terrorists who stormed the capitol on Jan 6th who are a legitim… https://t.co/0eRfabQUSa— Gordon 🇩🇴🇺🇸 (@Gordon 🇩🇴🇺🇸)1619107153.0
@iamcardib W.orry A.bout P.andemic W.orry A.bout P.olice brutality W.orry A.bout the P.eople instead of… https://t.co/CpVElkITRa— Bria (@Bria)1619107059.0
@iamcardib Queen I called Glenn's office and expressed my displeasure with his stupid statement. He represents my… https://t.co/zl3xvfi65G— netwolf (@netwolf)1619114411.0
@iamcardib its honestly just so weird!! they want a “America to be Great Again” but look what they’re talking about… https://t.co/GccwbzyDDD— 💎Kairol B💎 (@💎Kairol B💎)1619106946.0
Others also called for folks to vote, as well as to contact their legislators to end the gerrymandering rampant in many parts of the country.
@iamcardib He is in office due to gerrymandering. We must overturn Citizens United. We must return to Fair Maps. Pl… https://t.co/XC4NQrDa0Z— Barb Nelson (@Barb Nelson)1619110501.0
At least one called for Cardi B to work with the local Democrats to give Grothman the boot.
@iamcardib Don't get mad, get even. Hook up with @WisDems and let's get Grothman fired.— Ryan H 🇺🇸 😷 💉 💉 (@Ryan H 🇺🇸 😷 💉 💉)1619117147.0
This is far from the first time Representative Grothman has expressed problematic sentiments in a public forum. The Wisconsin Republican claimed BLM was "anti-family" during an interview with a local news station last month.
In a time when most of the country is focused on increasingly public instances of police brutality and trying to survive a pandemic, it seems especially out of touch to focus on the "basic decency" of rap music performances.