Cardi B compared to R Kelly and Bill Cosby as first victim emerges claiming he was drugged and robbed
Cardi B drew the comparison as she not only refused to take any responsibility for her actions but also tried to point at the wrongdoings of others in her statement
Days after Cardi B claimed in a video that she used to drug and rob men, giving birth to #SurvivingCardiB, the rapper has now issued what is apparently meant to be an apology. In a statement released on Tuesday, she claimed that she was not proud of her past, but insisted that such incidents were part of her hustle back in the day, and added that she is trying to be a better person now.
She posted a screenshot of a typed out message with the caption: "All I can do now is be a better me for myself my family and my future.” She claimed that did what she had to do in her past to make her living. She further went on to add that she is part of a hip hop culture where rappers are allowed to or encouraged to air the old wrongs that led them to where they are.
"There are rappers that are glorifying murder violence drugs and robbing. Crimes they feel they had to do to survive," she wrote. The rapper said she has never glorified drugging and robbing men in her own music because she is "not proud of it" and feels a responsibility not to glorify it.
"I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options," she said. "I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but many women have not. Whether or not they were poor choices at the time I did what I had to do to survive." The rapper said the men she spoke about were men she was "involved" with, and who were conscious, willing and aware. "I have a past that I can't change," she concluded, adding, "We all do."
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As expected, there was severe backlash to her non-apology, where she not only refused to take any responsibility for her actions but also tried to deflect it to point at the wrongdoings of others. This has led many to compare her to the likes of convicted sex offenders such as R. Kelly and Bill Cosby.
"Y’all need to keep that same energy for Cardi B that y'all had for Bill Cosby, R. Kelly and Michael Jackson. Talking bout people change and shit smh #SurvivingCardiB [sic]," said one critic.
"Okay ladies if y’all don’t speak out against Cardi B I don’t want to hear any more from y’all about Kodak, XXXtentacion, R Kelly, Bill Cosby, and toxic masculinity allat good s**t," another added.
Okay ladies if y’all don’t speak out against Cardi B I don’t want to hear anymore from y’all about Kodak, XXXtentacion, R Kelly, Bill Cosby, and toxic masculinity allat good shit— Moussa 🕊 (@IvorianPrince) March 26, 2019
Meanwhile, a man named Kevin Smith, who claims to be one of Cardi B's victims, has revealed the events that led to his alleged drugging and raping on social media. He claimed that, after meeting Cardi at the strip club she was working at, he asked her to join him back at him room. He claims he went into the washroom and finished the drink he was having. The last thing he remembers is Cardi twerking on him.
After he woke up, he says he realized that all the money he had, and many of his prized possessions, were missing, along with Cardi. He also claims to have found a 'used condom' in the room. Despite knowing she was the culprit, he was unable to produce any proof against her and he did not want the incident to catch the attention of his then-fiance. However, the event was very traumatic for him, he says.
In this #MeToo era, there should be no hesitation in investigating the truth in these stories, and making sure that justice is served to the victims, regardless of the gender of the perpetrator.