Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro once again found himself in hot water recently after he took the time to react to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s latest collaborative release, “WAP,” on his podcast, “The Ben Shapiro Show.” During a segment he calls “Deconstructing the Culture,” the irony of which seemingly flying completely over his head, he attempted to recite the song’s lyrics, hilariously butchering the hook in the process. He also complained about the song setting a bad example for young girls and for women in general, a stance echoed by a number of other commentators, mostly dudes. These included totally-not-racist Fox newscaster Tucker Carlson and soul singer who seems to suck more and more as a person with each passing year, CeeLo Green.
This isn’t the first time Ben Shapiro has come under fire for comments he’s made about rap. He once Tweeted “Fact: rap isn’t music. And if you think it is, you’re stupid.” He has been a favorite target of the rap community ever since, for good reason. Shapiro’s opinion about any rap song is totally irrelevant, but it was funny to watch how hard he tried to justify misogyny, going so far as to make the strawman argument that if he is labeled a misogynist then all critiques of rap music must be misogynist. No Ben, only the misogynist ones.
I’ve heard “WAP.” Honestly, I really didn’t think anything of it at first; It’s not that different from most other popular rap singles. The video is about as nonsensical as any other rap video, and features just about as many depictions of the female body, right down to the overtly sexual costumes. The only thing that really makes this song stand out – aside from it being a total banger – is that it happens to feature two women rapping about how they would like to be gratified sexually, for a change.
Because let’s be really, really, really honest for a second. Think about how many male rappers there are in the world. As of 2018, there were over 8000 rappers with “Lil” as part of their names on Spotify. Let’s say that’s, like, 0.02% of the total male rapper population on the planet. Every single one of those dudes has a song about their dick. Prove me wrong.
Written by Syd Ghan
*Edited by Dominic Abate