Cardi B has added her voice to the chorus of famous women sharing their stories of enduring sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.
During an episode of WE tv’s upcoming series, “Untold Stories of Hip Hop,” the 26-year-old rapper and mother opened up about the harassment she faced before she became a household name, recalling one incident in particular when a photographer exposed himself to her and was not reprimanded, E! News reports.
“I will never forget how I went to shoot for this magazine and the photographer, he was just trying to get close to me like, ‘Yeah, you want to get in this magazine?’ and he pulled his d—ck out,” she told host Angie Martinez. “I was so f—cking mad.”
During the short, minute-long clip from the yet-to-be-released episode, Cardi B described the experience as “crazy,” and explained that she quickly collected her things and left. However, when she tried to report the photographer’s inappropriate behavior to his superior, they saw nothing wrong with what he’d done, she recalled.
“And you know what's so crazy?” she said. “I told the magazine owner and he just looked at me like, ‘So? And?’”
The #MeToo movement has revolutionized the entertainment industry, making discussions on sexual harassment and gender equality in the workplace more common than ever. In the years since the bombshell Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations made headlines — and activist Tarana Burke’s creation and use of the “MeToo” hashtag began to pick up traction — actresses and artists from all walks of life have come forward to tell their stories and raise awareness of sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
And it’s not just a problem in Hollywood, either — during her interview with Martinez, Cardi B explained how sexual harassment is something that many women can relate to.
“When I see the #MeToo movement, there are girls from the hood. I know that they went through the same type of treatment,” she said, adding that “they make you feel like you got to do a certain type of thing.”
“It happens really every day,” she said.
When asked if she still has to battle mistreatment, the rapper and mother responded, “Oh, hell no,” and said that she’d “put [them] on blast” on her Instagram page if she were ever harassed again.
"Untold Stories Of Hip Hop" premieres on Sept. 26 and future episodes will feature hip hop heavyweights like Snoop Dogg, Queen Latifah, and more.
Cardi B previously spoke out about the #MeToo movement during an interview with Cosmopolitan last year, explain her views to the magazine that the hip hop community has a long way to go when it comes to supporting women. Strippers and video vixens — women who star in music videos — still aren’t respected, she said; directors and producers are “not woke” but “scared.”
“When I was trying to be a vixen, people were like, ‘You want to be on the cover of this magazine?’ Then they pull their d—cks out. I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, ‘So what? You’re a ho. It don’t matter,’” she said.
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