Twitter users dragged Cardi B on Sunday for her “tone-deaf” tweet in which she asked if she should buy an $88,000 purse.
“Should I spend 88K for this damn purse ? Omggg it’s tempting,” the “WAP” co-star tweeted yesterday. Thousands of people quickly flooded Cardi’s mentions, calling the tweet tone-deaf and arguing that she would be better off spending her money to help people in need.
One such tweet came from @Todd36645766, who wrote, “Donate 88k to a charity for people that need help right now....u know the people that buy your music to perhaps get thru these shitty time's...idk jus sayin….”
Others defended the rapper, reasoning that she can spend her money however she wants
“It’s idiotic to demand more from millionaires than we do billionaires,” @MagicEyez tweeted. “Go bother @JeffBezos who makes more than all of your favorite athletes, musicians, actors combined. Her money belongs to her and we should be happy that she does anything at all. She doesn’t have to.”
Never one to shy away from Twitter backlash, Cardi clapped back at her critics with screenshots of headlines that she donated $1 million to coronavirus relief earlier this year and donated 20,000 meal supplements to New York medical staff. She also reminded Twitter users that she gave $1 million to her fans through CashApp two months ago.
“I already donated 2 million dollars this year and I’m doing something very special in a another country that will be done with next year.What have you donated ?” the rapper asked @Todd36645766 directly.
Not content to rest on her past good deeds, Cardi then challenged her fans to share receipts of their charitable donations and vowed to match them. She shared screenshots of texts she sent, ostensibly to a member of her team, asking them to match fans’ donations.
Some critics still weren’t sated by Cardi’s donation receipts. The consensus among them was that Cardi is free to spend her fortune how she pleases, but it was in poor taste to frivolously ask about an extravagant purchase amid a pandemic and economic crisis.
Yet flaunting one’s wealth is nothing new for celebrities, especially rappers. And Cardi fans should know what to expect anyway, as the rapper has always been transparent, irreverent, and unapologetic on social media.
The criticism ultimately didn’t seem to affect Cardi too much. She posed another question in her last tweet of the night: “Sooooooo......do ya want me to show ya the purse ?”
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