The "Wild Side" video, released by Normani and Cardi B earlier this month, received acclaim throughout the Twitter-sphere — even Lil Nas X deemed it the "the best video I have ever seen in my entire life." His comments are fitting because, as we've come to expect from Normani, the video served looks, choreography, visuals and more, over a sample of Aaliyah's "One in a Million," no less.
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Cardi B's verse only adds to the appeal, rapping "It's my dick and I want it now" — a mantra to aspire to, surely. The two are seen embracing each other, naked, as they stand on a round platform, which one comment insists was a "part of the WAP mansion." All agreed on one comment, liked over 40 thousand times — "Normani ate it up and left no crumbs."
Still, some criticisms arose, accusing the artists of queerbaiting during Cardi B's verse.
"Queerbaiting" has entered the cultural lexicon only recently, though the term has existed for decades, referring to a piece of media profiting off of an insinuated queer identity, without explicitly confirming it. The accusations have increased over the past few years, as representation for queer individuals has reached an almost unprecedented high.
There've been the Billie Eilish controversies, the trials and tribulations of Harry Styles, and even previous accusations against Cardi B, for her verse on Rita Ora's "Girls." She responded at the time, "We never try to cause harm or had bad intentions with the song. I personally myself had experiences with other women, shit with a lot of women!"
The "Wild Side" discourse, drawn out in comment sections and Twitter threads, comes as yet another reiteration of the same conversation — and Cardi isn't having it.
I don\u2019t like this new \u201cqueer baiting\u201d word.I feel like it pressure artist to talk about their sexuality or their experiences that they don\u2019t feel comfortable speaking about.If a artist kiss a girl on a video does that means she gotta show videos & text wit wit other women?— iamcardib (@iamcardib) 1627065523
Uuummmm @RollingStone queer baiting? You do know we was trying to hide a whole baby bump right ?Also I\u2019m married to a man but I have express soo much about my bisexuality and my experiences wit girls .All of a sudden \u201cqueer baiting\u201d is the new word & people use it to the ground !https://twitter.com/rollingstone/status/1418628573783629825\u00a0\u2026— iamcardib (@iamcardib) 1627065000
Underneath the Rolling Stone article, fans were quick to chime in, with one user writing "Real people don't queerbait. That's a concept for fictional work. Human beings are free to express themselves the way they want without caring about a label."
In any case, we're looking forward to all that's to come from the two, and re-watching "Wild Side" in the meantime.
Photo via Getty/ Dimitrios Kambouris
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