- A three-year-old clip of rapper Cardi B admitting to drugging and robbing men in her past resurfaced over the weekend.
- Cardi responded to backlash over the clip in a lengthy Twitter statement where she said she made those choices because she had “very limited options,” and did what she had to do to survive.
- While some fans have come to her defense, many are outraged by her response.
Old Video Resurfaces
Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B defended herself on Tuesday after an Instagram video resurfaced that showed her talking about drugging and robbing men when she was a stripper in New York.
The video is originally from an Instagram live stream from around three years ago, In it, Cardi addressed those who said she does not deserve her success. She explains that nothing was handed to her in life and that people don’t know what she’s had to do to get where she is.
“I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to fuck me? Yeah, let’s go back to this hotel,'” she said. “And I drugged n***as up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do. Nothing was motherfucking handed to me.”
Her comments in the video inspired the hashtag #SurvivngCardiB. The new hashtag is a reference to the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which detailed decades of R. Kelly’s alleged sexual abuse against many women, including minors.
The rapper initially brushed off the backlash in some tweets earlier this week.
The backlash continued to pour in, prompting Cardi to release a lengthy statement on Tuesday.
“I never even put those things in my music because I’m not proud of it and feel a responsibility not to glorify it. I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options,” she wrote.
“I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so 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 also went on to say that the men she was speaking about were “conscious willing and aware.”
Social Media Responds
Many of Cardi’s fans have stood by her and commend her for owning up to her past.
We love you girl! No one is perfect, we all make mistakes. You live and you learn and grow! They just want reasons to bring you down but you’re gonna keep shining mama! ???— ?? ????? ?? (@MissSugarplum6) March 26, 2019
But many social media users took issue with her response. Some felt she was making excuses for the crimes she admitted to committing.
See what others are saying: (Complex) (Refinery29) (NBC News)
Bella Thorne Posts Her Own Topless Photos After Threats From Hacker
- Actress Bella Thorne posted topless photos of herself on social media in response to threats from a hacker who had obtained the images.
- In an apparent message to the hacker, Throne wrote: “I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back. U can’t control my life u never will.”
- Many fans have supported the move, calling Thorne brave, while others wonder if this incident is a stunt to promote her new book.
Actress Bella Thorne posted topless photos of herself on Twitter after a hacker threated to release the images that were stolen from her.
On Saturday, Thorne tweeted out screenshots of text messages between her and an alleged hacker, which included nude photos and videos of Thorne. Along with the photos, the actress also included a message to her fans in the tweet, explaining her decision to release the photos.
“I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see,” Thorne wrote. “He has sent multiple nude photos of other celebs, he won’t stop with me or them he will just keep going.”
She continues, “for too long I let a man take advantage of me over and over and I’m f***ing sick of it, I’m putting this out because it’s MY DECISION NOW U DON’T GET TO TAKE YET ANOTHER THING FROM ME. I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back. U can’t control my life u never will.”
The tweet and photos come just days after Thorne’s twitter was hacked. On Thursday, the actress’ social media account was filled with racial slurs and sexually explicit messages. By the end of the day, Thorne had regained control and deleted all the tweets.
Many of Thorne’s fans have praised her, calling her strong and brave for standing up to her hacker.
However, others have questioned her motivation and wonder if this was just a promotional scheme for her new book.
Bella Thorne after pretending to be hacked and leaking her own nudes to gain attention and publicity for her new book: pic.twitter.com/BY7uTRMGHr— Ihi (@iohizua) June 17, 2019
Other Celebrity Hacking Incidents
In 2014, hundreds of private photos, including some belonging to Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kristen Dunst, were leaked online. According to the U.S. Justice Department, four men used various forms of fake emails to pose as security alerts from accounts to obtain login information and passwords.
They gained access to over a thousand different iCloud and Gmail accounts and were eventually charged with felony computer hacking. All four men ended up in federal prison after being found guilty or accepting a plea deal.
As for pursuing legal options in her case, Thorne says she believes her hacker is likely a minor, so she wants to try and be reasonable.
“This kid sounds like he’s 17,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “As much as I’m so angry and wanted to f*** him up over doing this to people I just wanted to teach him a lesson. He’s still a kid and we make mistakes, this mistake is a bad one. But I don’t want some 17-year-old’s whole life ruined because he wasn’t thinking straight and [was] being a dumbass.”
“You can’t always tear someone down for their bad sides but more so build up their good sides.”
On Wednesday actress Victoria Justice also had her Twitter account hacked. She has since deleted tweets that were posted without her consent, but it is unclear if hacks against Justice and Thorne are related.
See what others are saying: (The Hollywood Reporter) (Entertainment Tonight) (News18)
Kylie Jenner Faces Backlash Over “Handmaid’s Tale” Themed Party
- Kylie Jenner threw a Handmaid’s Tale themed party for her friend Stassie Karanikolaou’s birthday.
- The party theme outraged many online who called it “disheartening” and “tone deaf.”
- Meanwhile, some fans spoke out in Jenner’s defense, pointing out that it’s not uncommon for fans to throw parties or dress in costumes based on their favorite shows.
Twitter users are slamming Kylie Jenner for the Handmaid’s Tale themed bash she threw for her friend Anastasia “Stassie” Karanikolaou’s birthday.
On Saturday, Jenner’s Hidden Hills home was transformed to resemble Gilead, the fictional setting in the popular television series. She shared details of the party on her Instagram, which showed the house decorated with Gilead flags while the waiting staff dressed as Marthas – domestic servants to wealthy families in the series.
Guests wore matching Handmaids costumes and greeted each other with the phrase “praise be.” The party guests were also offered cocktails including “praise be vodka” and “under his eye tequila.”
“You know the Handmaid’s Tale is my favorite show ever..so for Stass’ birthday, welcome to Gilead,” Jenner says on her Instagram story.
Those who were invited included, Jenner’s assistant Victoria Villarroel, her makeup artist Ariel Tejada, and Scott Disick’s girlfriend Sofia Richie.
Many criticized Jenner and her friends for the theme. The series, which is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, showcases a dystopian society where women are enslaved, routinely raped and abused, forced into childbirth, and more.
The red robes and white bonnets were designed to label women and prevent them from looking at their surroundings. They have been used in several protests over recent years by women standing up for issues like reproductive rights and fighting against sexual assault.
The party was quickly met with backlash online, with many shocked by the theme.
Still, many fans defended Jenner. Some even pointed out that it is not uncommon to throw parties based on popular shows and movies.
I don’t understand why this is such a big deal! Get off ber back! Handmaid’s tale is a great show and the creators knew what would come with the making of this show. People can have themed parties about dragons and war, but THIS is wrong because it’s Kylie J. Ok…sure…W.E.🙄— Daidrian Parker (@alaniparker10) June 10, 2019
I’m not a Kardashian/Jenner fan but @kyliejenner is just celebrating her favorite show. Stop reaching and making this into something it’s not. What about all the people who dressed up as Handmaidens for Halloween last year? Are you going to go after them too?— Alex Lee (@infactuasian) June 10, 2019
There are entire tv series that have referenced it in their shows, Brooklyn nine nine to name one. People have Been dressing up as handmaids on Halloween and somehow having a themed party is what people find inappropriate… y’all got me fucked up.— Sereana (@itsjust_sereana) June 10, 2019
See what others are saying: (Cosmopolitan) (People) (Teen Vogue)
How Markiplier, Bear Grylls, Kimmy Schmidt and The Fine Bros. are Changing the Future of Television
Ever since Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was released on Netflix in December, more and more digital entertainment companies have been announcing new interactive projects that allow the audience to control the direction of the plot. But is this just a gimmick or is interactivity a trend that could change the future of television as we know it?