Theoretically, let’s say Ben Shapiro did a reading of WAP. Then, let’s say, hypothetically speaking, that it was the absolute most meme-worthy thing that has happened in 2020.
What might that look like?
Luckily for us, we don’t have to hypothesize on this one.
Ben Shapiro read out Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP word for word, until it became “significantly more vulgar” and likely far too spicy for his audience. He famously self-censored the lyrics to state “wet ass P-word,” which led perfectly to memers taking his dramatic reading and running with it.
One YouTube video remixed the reading to fall right in with the song’s backtrack.
Another mocked Shapiro’s rendition perfectly:
Ben Shapiro’s opinion on WAP pic.twitter.com/9BAUL3IHCw
— Josh (@FLITTER) August 10, 2020
In Shapiro’s original video, he added a note at the end of his reading of WAP’s lyrics. He stated, “This is what the feminist movement was all about. It’s not really about women being treated as independent, full-rounded human beings, it’s about wet ass p-word.”
As much as I love to see Ben Shapiro implode, we’re still looking at a bigger issue from his commentary. Especially as Shapiro’s disgust with the video echoes prominent (and problematic) sentiments regarding feminism.
As a self-proclaimed champion of free speech, Ben Shapiro should just let this song be. Women totally have every right to display their sexuality in a way that is empowering. When did conservative men suddenly become women’s sexuality enforcement officers? Can’t women (and especially female artists) just have the liberty to express themselves in any way they see fit?
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