Cardi B in College

It’s the last working day before classes begin. There’s a buttload to do, the HR is forcing me to conduct a background check on a colleague who has been with us for 30 years, I’m overwhelmed with stuff.

So I tune into the all-faculty Zoom meeting and hear… our leading administrators quoting and gushing over Cardi B. There are no students at the meeting, so this isn’t pandering to the kiddos by clueless old folks.

This is obviously a political wink-wink nod-nod, and it’s so pathetic.

16 thoughts on “Cardi B in College”

    1. I got there in the middle of the quote, so I can’t tell.

      And since we are talking about it, the notorious WAP song made one thing abundantly clear: Cardi B has zero talent but the other woman in the video is a gifted rapper. I have no idea why we are fixated on the stupid Cardi instead of talking about that talented lady or Cardi B’s very talented husband.

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      1. // the notorious WAP song made one thing abundantly clear: Cardi B has zero talent but the other woman in the video is a gifted rapper.

        So, you don’t share Rod’s and Tucker’s horror the world is ending because of ‘filthy’ lyrics?

        Rod has written a lot about the need to protect children and teens. Would you be OK with Klara listening to similar songs as a teen?

        Btw, I don’t think enjoying good literature prevents one from reading trashy novels for fun too, or listening to a pop music.

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        1. “you don’t share Rod’s and Tucker’s horror the world is ending because of ‘filthy’ lyrics?”

          I’m not sure inf Cardi B is considered African American, but African American popular music has always pushed the envelope in terms of sexual language….

          from 1954…

          “You’ll know my daddy, he’s that trombone playin’ man
          Where is my daddy? Tell me where is my daddy
          With that big long slidin’ thing?”

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          1. “from 1954…”

            In the 50s there was at least some attempt at delicacy.

            But by the 1970s, all subtlety had been dropped even for AM/FM radio play. Consider Musique’s 1978 dance hit In the Bush (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like, no imagination required, I’d blush to post any of its anthemic lyrics.)

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            1. “In the 50s there was at least some attempt at delicacy”

              Oh yes…

              “Keep on churnin’ ’til the butter comes
              Keep on pumpin’ make the butter flow
              Wipe off the paddle and churn some more”

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              1. Love it! But this is drole, playful, tongue-in-cheek, cleverness. Absolutely nothing clever or amusing about In the Bush and its army of pop music successors.

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        2. No, I don’t have any fear that Klara will become a ho. :-))) Her chances of becoming one are less than zero, so it’s all good.

          I think the song’s lyrics are very funny. I like them. If it weren’t for Cardi’s uninspired singing, it would be a great song.

          But then again, I love rap, do Klara will, of course, hate it.

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      2. I got there in the middle of the quote, so I can’t tell.
        I think it would be pretty obvious if she was spitting bars from WAP.

        So, you don’t share Rod’s and Tucker’s horror the world is ending because of ‘filthy’ lyrics?
        I don’t understand the need for performative pearl clutching. I understand their audiences (along with Ben Shapiro’s) go for that sort of thing but otherwise? It’s a vulva brag. It’s not for children, so no, I would not let “children” listen to it, and I wouldn’t be quoting it in a professional context. If you’re not into it, move on.

        Western culture has been filthy since Aristophanes. :-p

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        1. ‘I would not let “children” listen to it’

          It’s the number one song in America. It would be a rare child who doesn’t hear it, I think.

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          1. When I was growing up, the #1 pop song on our chart went “Lenin, the Party, Komsomol!” The best was good and it still makes me want to dance. But my values come from my parents, not music charts. So I hate Lenin, the party and the Komsomol.

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            1. “Lenin, the Party, Komsomol!”

              And it’s on youtube! Sung by a chorus led by a possessed demon child….

              (and at 1.33 there’s someone who looks a lot like a younger version of a certain professor Spanish literature I could name….)

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              1. Oh no! This beat is too slow. None of those kids look ready to dance, just march.

                Was disco even popular in the 1970s in Ukraine?

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  1. “Was disco even popular in the 1970s in Ukraine?”

    The group isn’t Soviet (Jamaican-German and huuuuge in Europe in the 1970s) but this song is mentioned as being officially unapproved of but very popular in the USSR in “Russian Journal” (very good book about an American spending a year in the USSR in the late 1970s)

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