The Brief: The release of the song "WAP" by Cardi B, featuring Megan Thee Stallion, and its accompanying video inspired a slew of online reactions and memes.


WAP + Music Video Memes

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” song and music video dropped on August 6, immediately inspiring memes and some online controversy. The song is unapologetically explicit and the music video features elaborate costumes, naked statue fountains, tigers having sex, snakes, and cameos from iconic women musicians Normani, Rosalia, Rubi Rose, Sukihana, and Mulatto. While some people made comments about being offended by WAP for its overtly sexual references, many others expressed their joy at seeing Black women own their sexuality.

On Friday, August 7, the WAP music video was featured as the #1 trending video on YouTube and several topics related to it were trending on Twitter.

What Does WAP Stand For?

WAP is an acronym for “wet a*s p*ssy,” and some memes suggest alternate meanings that could be used to spare grandmas from knowing the true meaning, or to add an overtly political twist to the song.

Kylie Jenner Cameo

Many WAP memes revolve around Kylie Jenner’s cameo in the middle of the video which features her walking down a hall in a leopard print outfit, opening a door, and looking back dramatically. Her appearance was immediately met with backlash from people asking why Kylie, a white woman, and non-musician who has a documented record of cultural appropriation and blackfishing, would have such a prominent role in a music video centered around Black women rappers.

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