After releasing their steamy music video of last week’s collaborative single “WAP” featuring fake big cats as props, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion got backlash from a big-cat rights activist who was not happy after watching their visuals. Carole Baskin of Tiger King, CEO of the Big Cat Rescue, a non-profit animal sanctuary, told Entertainment Weekly:
“My guess is that most people won’t even see the photoshopped cats in the scenes because the rest of it is so sexually explicit. I was happy to see that it does appear to all be photoshopped. It didn’t look like the cats were really in the rooms with the singers.
That being said, you have to pose a wildcat in front of a green screen to get that image and that doesn’t happen in the wild. It can’t happen in sanctuaries like ours where cats have plenty of room to avoid a green screen (or would shred it if offered access and could die from ingesting it). That tells me they probably dealt with one of the big cat pimps, probably even one of the ones shown in Tiger King, Murder, Mayhem and Madness, who make a living from beating, shocking and starving cats to make them stand on cue in front of a green screen in a studio. That’s never good for the cat.”
In addition, Baskin notes that featuring wild cats, irrespective of how they were placed in different scenes of the video, “serves to glamorize the idea of rich people having tigers as pets.” She adds: “After tigers are too old for pay to play sessions by people like Joe Exotic, Bhagavan [Doc] Antle, Marc McCarthy, Mario Tabraue and others, they become a liability instead of an asset.”
Both rappers have not issued a statement about the matter, so stay tuned as we wait for more information.