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A clip of Hillary Clinton pondering the significance of the vulgar rap song “WAP” is inspiring a lot of eye rolls and accusations of pandering, similar to what happened with the hot sauce incident in 2016.
The video snippet comes from Clinton’s new TV series “Gutsy,” which features the 74-year-old politician having conversations with various women who are “activists, community leaders, and everyday heroes.”
She and rap singer Megan Thee Stallion, who collaborated on “WAP” with Cardi B, discuss the song’s impact while sitting outdoors and painting pictures. Clinton’s daughter Chelsea is there, too.
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“Chelsea follows rap music. She has ever since she was a little girl,” Clinton says. “But I kind of came to awareness of you with the Cardi B ‘WAP.’”
“It’s great to see women be, so kind of, fierce,” Chelsea adds.
“That is my life’s mission,” Megan says. “To make sure I am unapologetically me.” She said this, plus the desire to champion female empowerment, led to her creating such a graphic, explicit song about female sexuality.
Ahead of the episode’s debut on Apple TV, Clinton told People that she admired the song from the start.
She said, “I didn’t know what to think, because I’m of a much different generation, but I admired the audacity and the kind of agency that both of those young women were exhibiting: ‘Here I am. Here’s what I want to say, and either like it or not.’ I did respond to that.”
While some viewers expressed support for the clip, many found it awkward and accused Clinton of pandering again.
“PANDERING ALERT: Hillary Clinton discussing WAP with Megan Thee Stallion. No word yet on where she has her bottle of hot sauce stashed,” one person wrote.
“Hillary Clinton talking about WAP is as pander-icious as hot sauce in her purse. She is planning something where she needs black support,” another agreed.
“Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton talking about WAP might be the worst and most awkward thing ever recorded on film,” Matt Walsh shared.
They referred to the incident in 2016 when then-presidential candidate Clinton said during a radio interview that she always carried a bottle of hot sauce with her. This was a reference to Beyonce’s song “Formation,” where the singer said she kept hot sauce in her bag and caused a huge controversy herself.
The radio host Charlemagne Tha God called Clinton out during the interview. Per The Daily Wire, he said, “Really? Okay, I just want you to know that people are going to see this and say, okay, she’s pandering to black people.”
Hillary replied, “Okay. Is it working?”
Charlemagne questioned if Clinton was truly a fan of hip hop and rap culture like she claimed, saying a lot of the community saw the effort as fake. Now the former Secretary of State is saying she likes the song “WAP.”