Ever since Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion dropped the video for their collaboration, WAP, there has been an intense debate around the whole thing.
Russell Brand was recently dragged for ‘mansplaining feminism’ as he addressed the release in a Twitter video, while Carole Baskin had something to say about the use of animal images in the clip – which has sparked a feud we weren’t expecting.
Christina Aguilera and Lena Dunham also paid homage to the bop in their own way on Instagram.
And LL COOL J has now has his say on the whole thing, blessing us with the best response to the whole palaver.
Chatting to Metro.co.uk about the expansion of his Rock The Bells brand, the topic turned to the song – and that epically filthy video – and he didn’t hold back.
‘Say what you want to say. Artists say what you want to say, make what you want to make,’ he insisted.
‘It’s all good, what’s the problem? How can they be…. What are we supposed to do? You can’t force your moral POV on somebody’s art.
‘You’ve got people who feel like the Statue of David shouldn’t be nude! What are we supposed to do? Put some sweatpants on the Statue of David?
‘Let’s put some joggers on the Statue of David just so everybody is comfortable.’
Could you love that man any more?
LL COOL J’s response to WAP is in stark contrast to Russell Brand, with the comedian coming under fire for sharing his thoughts on YouTube.
In a 17-minute video, the 45-year-old confessed he was unsure whether the clip – which shows Cardi and Megan twerking around while Kylie Jenner, Normani and Rosalia make the odd cameo – was a ‘feminist masterpiece or porn’.
‘From a political perspective, I don’t know that that demonstrates progress because gender and sex aside, what are the values that we are collectively aspiring to?,’ he asked viewers.
‘Objectification of the other, objectification of the self, is objectification something that we’re aspiring to sexuality and sensuality as commodity?’
‘I wouldn’t be so reductive and simplistic to say that women celebrating their bodies using an aesthetic that’s conventionally been associated with the male gaze means it’s impossible that these tools could be used as a vehicle for liberation.’
‘But I am saying that in a sense it’s still the same metric, it’s still the same aesthetic, it’s still the same values, it’s still the same ideals,’ Russell added.
‘It’s still ultimately a sort of capitalist objectification and commodification of, in this case, the female.
‘I’m not suggesting that they aren’t powerful auteurs and powerful creators, I’m saying that we ought to be aspiring to an entirely different set of values, not who has the power within an established set of values.’
The clip has done the rounds on social media, with many accusing the Forgetting Sarah Marshall actor of ‘mansplaining feminism’, and urging him to ‘stay in his lane’.
Well, we think WAP is an absolute bop – and seeing as the single slid straight into the top five in the UK singles chart – we’re not the only ones.
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