What a train wreck the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show was this year. Not only did the cameras capture model Ming Xi crying backstage after falling on the runway—a drama play by producers that many viewers found insensitive—but now many of the models are facing criticism due to actions of their own. A backstage video has surfaced that shows the (non-black) models rapping along to Cardi B’s Grammy-nominated hit “Bodak Yellow.” Yes, they use the N-word, too.
The video shows the models prancing around, doing exactly what you’d think they’d be doing backstage at a fashion show in China. With “Bodak Yellow” in the background, they rap along the lyrics: “Hit the store, I can get ’em both, I don’t wanna choose / And I’m quick, cut a nigga off, so don’t get comfortable.”
The Victoria’s Secret angels singing Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” backstage. pic.twitter.com/gGFbNBnQLI
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) November 29, 2017
Naturally, this upset people, many of which took to social media to express their outrage:
cut a what off? pic.twitter.com/4JnmeQ9Hj0
— ♕ sky (@dinahthedon) November 29, 2017
I hear “nigga” and I don’t see any black models. https://t.co/PL5j5adBcW
— TRAPCRY 💎 (@trapcry) November 29, 2017
alright which one of them said the n word I just wanna have a chat pic.twitter.com/2zCsUn4IWY
— Jabe (@hostilitay) November 29, 2017
— Jasmyn Lawson (@JasmynBeKnowing) November 29, 2017
🤣 VS models need to be revamped anyway.
— 🖤 (@_youngTenderoni) November 29, 2017
This is just the beginning of the problems that have plagued the annual fashion show held in Shanghai this week. For starters, Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry were all unable to make the show for various reasons—mostly because the Chinese government didn’t want them there.
Two weeks ago, Gigi Hadid pissed off China with a video posted on various social media accounts. According to Forbes, the Instagram video showed her “squinting in an attempt to imitate a Buddha-shaped cookie held in the photo.” The Chinese government, which let LiAngelo Ball get a pass for stealing, denied her a visa despite her apology.
Katy Perry, who was slated to perform at this year’s show, was probably surprised to learn that an article of clothing that she wore in 2015 will likely prevent her from ever entering China again. According to reports, two years ago she performed in Taiwan wearing a dress with a sunflower on it. The Chinese government found it disrespectful—at the time, the sunflower was the symbol for ongoing student-led protests.
Still, non-black models rapping the N-word takes the cake. What were they thinking?