If you haven’t heard, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have a new song out. The video upset quite a few people, including Tiger King star Carole Baskin. If you frequently listen to rap music, the lyrics aren’t very shocking. However, that didn’t stop people from expressing their anger. U.S. politician James P. Bradley even went this far:
Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion are what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure. Their new "song" The #WAP (which i heard accidentally) made me want to pour holy water in my ears and I feel sorry for future girls if this is their role model!
— James P. Bradley (@BradleyCongress) August 7, 2020
But Carole Baskin has a different issue with the song. The “WAP” music video features big cats as props, which Baskin is very against. Check out the video and see what all the fuss is about:
“My guess is that most people won’t even see the Photoshopped cats in the scenes because the rest of it is so lurid,” Baskin wrote in a statement to Billboard. She continued, “I was happy to see that it does appear to all be Photoshopped. It didn’t look like the cats were really in the rooms with the singers. In fact, probably most of the rooms were Photoshopped in via green screen.”
“That being said, you have to pose a wildcat in front of a green screen to get that image and that doesn’t happen in the wild,” Baskin went on to say. The video features multiple big cats. “It can’t happen in sanctuaries like ours where cats have plenty of room to avoid a green screen (or would shred it if offered access and could die from ingesting it). That tells me they probably dealt with one of the big cat pimps, who makes a living from beating, shocking and starving cats to make them stand on cue in front of a green screen in a studio. That’s never good for the cat.”
Carole Baskin Doesn’t Believe in Using Big Cats as Props or Pets
Carole Baskin firmly believes that big cats belong in the wild. This was one of her frequent talking points in Netflix’s Tiger King documentary whenever the show wasn’t focused on her late husband.
“The worst part is that it glamorizes the idea of rich people having tigers as pets. That makes every ignorant follower want to imitate by doing the same. After tigers are too old for pay to play sessions by people like Joe Exotic, Bhagavan Antle, Marc McCarthy, Mario Tabraue and others, they become a liability instead of an asset,” Baskin said. “While I think most are destroyed behind closed gates at that point, some end up being given away to people who want to have a tiger to show off. That never works out and the cats either die or end up dumped in sanctuaries or, worse yet, breeding mills. Either way, it’s always abusive to the cat.”
Watch the video and make your own conclusions. Do you think Carole Baskin has a point? Sound off in the comments. We’re always curious to know what you think.