Cardi B's 'Twerk' video sparks conversation on women's empowerment

Critics are taking aim at the rapper's new music video, opening a debate on the line between body positivity and objectification in the age of #MeToo.
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Transcript for Cardi B's 'Twerk' video sparks conversation on women's empowerment
Didn't on action news need to. I she is the brash young and old star behind chart topping hits like old act yelling and I like. Our TV the former stripper turned household name here is no stranger to red carpets. Controversy. Just mega star with a monster following. Throwing down keen to online Twitter battles won against conservative darling Tommy Larry and over the government shut down. The other following the release of the music video tour with the city girls featuring twenty of the world's top workers competed to be in the video. And I couldn't believe what I was eight I mean it look like pornography and strip club. Put on a beach and a bunch of women dance scenes and he pretty much almost new. The suggestive content drawing ire from some online conservative commentator Stephanie Hamel tweeting in the Arab hash tag me to. How exactly does this empower women party be slamming back it says to women that I should Wear and not Wear whatever I want. Do whatever I wanted and that no still means snow so Stephanie chime in if I tore can be half naked does that mean I deserve to get raped and molested. I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks. Their Twitter feud launching an online debate over this thin line between body positive and objective vacation amid the movie to move. The next day I started seeing you know thousands. Comments. Read tweets recordings tweet came. Firestorm of backlash for Stephanie I'm just very surprised about their reaction and a while some people agreed at me I thought more than an S would be coming out and defending me on this one. And dead people were calling you brace says they Wear a body shaming me for not looking like Carty be. They you word just going after my character Eric. Campbell responded to the rappers tweet and online fallout with an online media a 100% agree. No means no no matter what but what I'm trying to say is that this video and others like this sexually object to fight when it. So some are wondering what my comments have to do with. Need to deal. Well last I checked need to wasn't just about women's speaking out about sexual harassment and he was but it's also about empowering women and gender equality. Your reaction to the now infamous video network that but they're having and you know little body in the maybe that is fat and that. Just look what young girls having a really good time. Jameel and new is a writer and communication strategies. Well there really needs a focus on as opposed to condemning. Women for the ways in which issues to present her use their Battie is. We need to interrogate the systems and structures that make it difficult for them to do so without repercussions when you first saw the do you did you anticipate backlash. And I think I've seen so many videos better spell you know rates went booty shake in men and girls dancing that. It surprises me that people are still up in arms about these things but I also recognize that Carty is becoming a crossover star me anyways she's in the super about Pepsi ad. What have we learned today. Perhaps violent acts as she's the rare hip hop star that your mom might know by name because she stopped her on the Tonight Show from my. He's speaking out on and was going on with the government. To not it now honorary at this and seeing the federal government red that the ball back to. Without getting. A few points to her and say this is a woman who is living her truth. Who's made the best some really anxious thing courier twists and turns from a strip clubs or reality show to being one of the biggest stars in music. And yes. And they can be learned from that. Despite the criticism of video that claimed the controversy that is not unlike many music videos of the past. Like certain it's a lot's baby got back. I. Or making the notice Anaconda. Both featuring women dancing in a sexually suggestive manner. It's long been known that sex sells scantily clad women used to push everything from magazines like Sports Illustrated. Last. To Carl's junior. With the entire franchises like Victoria's Secret built on me and operational female form. But in recent years many women have been re claiming their bodies oozing sexuality as a tool for empowerment. Like Emily Gradkowski. Bashed after appearing nearly naked in Robin bids blurred lines video. The model telling in style UK in 2015. When it comes up to me about blurred lines of like are we seriously talking about a video from three years ago. It's weird to me that the reaction to a woman's naked body is so controversial in our culture. And Kim card dashing and nearly broke the Internet in March 2016. After tweeting this self censored new itself the ethos of the beautiful. I think she's a great. Amber rose as a former stripper and model now an activist raising awareness of body and sexual shaming. Who came to Kim's defense. At any sexy guy and both they and nude picture with a little black strip. Over his private areas. Everybody's going to hand he's hot and sexy look at that body Ali did dad and it's isn't doubles and a. The double standard between men and women in striking and videos like Lady Gaga Alejandro. And Britney Spears making good showcase when he sexy scantily clad men dancing. But caused no backlash. Do. There is a double standard when it comes to men and their sexuality verses women would we be talking about this if this were a man in the video absolutely Mac in and I mean how many. Musicians actors. You know occasionally politicians that are mail have we seen with their shirts off letting us to see how much progress that they put and it's a jam or you know female artists like Britney Spears or Jennifer love has our Carty Hearst out. Performing with scantily clad male dancers. While she's received significant backlash Stephanie stands by her decision to post a response to cart movies video. I think it is productive to have these conversations I am happy to hear the other side. And why they think it's empowering but a lease we're talking about it today. And sing your message to cart in the city girls torque on right no problem within and outside the island just be mindful of that when you are talking see younger fans and you're talking to teenage girls who look at CU. You know and hers than to wait until they're grown enough that's work like you'd swear I don't think that that onus should be Negroponte. Young women in their ms. funny is enjoying bodies that they won't have an a decade and you know fun and fame that they didn't had ten years ago CBC.

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