Federal Communications Commission received numerous complaints for Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “pornographic” performance
The FCC received more than 1,000 complaints regarding Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” performance at the Grammys, according to Rolling Stone.
A previous though unspecific figure that came out days after the March 14 event was pegged at “80 or so.” Now that we’re about a month out you can bump that number way up.
As we wrote last month, to give examples of what was said in those old(er) complaints:
One viewer from Colorado said Megan and Cardi performed “as if they were dancing in a strip club.” A viewer from Idaho, meanwhile, said “the outfits they were wearing and the movements they did were absolutely disgusting.”
A number of viewers suggested that CBS should “face very stiff penalties” for the performance, while another from Richmond, Texas wrote that Meg was “barely dressed in a thong and showed naked look alike legs.” Meanwhile, a Connecticut viewer said “The Grammys need to require the artist not to be performing any types of sexual acts and require clothes to stay on and not stripping down to bra and panties.”
Further removed from Grammy night, we have some more examples of what those who wrote emails to the organization said. We didn’t correct typos so *turns hands from down to up* there’s going to be some of those.
“I felt violated with Meghan Stallion & Cardi B’s performance. I am pro sex-positivity and body positivity but this performance crossed the line into pornography,” said email writer wrote. “Many kids still awake at that time, and even non-consenting adults were unexpectedly staring at pure objectification of women at its finest. Not to mention Trevor Noah’s drooling, sweating, screaming wrap up like he was at a strip club. I am a massage therapist with deep respect for the human body who found myself crying myself to sleep wondering how this could be allowed on television. And how far this will go next year and the years after that. Art and objectification are opposite sides of the coin. Objectification perpetuates violence against women, maintaining the ripple effect that causes domestic violence, human trafficking, encouraging the consumption of women and then the disposal of them. I’ve watched the Grammys every year since I was 5 years old. It gave me something to strive for as a musician. As a female, I will never again view this program due to the allowance of this performance. since 1980[.]″Grammy Viewer
-Gavin Evans is a contributor for Complex Media.