Rapper Cardi B performed in a sketch that was called ‘repulsive’ and ‘false’ by the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
Cardi B played Scott King in a clip titled ‘Real Housewives of the Civil Rights Movement,’ alongside actors portraying Rosa Parks, the wives of Malcolm X and Jesse Jackson, and a woman referred to as ‘the Iggy Izalea of the Civil Rights Movement.
In the clip, filmed as part of ‘Wild ‘N Out’ star Rip Michaels’ new show, ‘Off the Rip,’ almost everyone references Dr. King’s infamous infidelities, but it’s Cardi’s character who says:
‘All these hussies wanna sleep with my huuusband!’
Rev. Dr. Bernice King singled out Cardi, telling TMZ the performer was using a platform made possible by her parents in an atrocious way, after which Cardi apparently said she was sorry.
‘Thank you, @iamcardib, for reaching out to me and apologizing for the skit that aired on @TMZ. I look forward to talking with you soon,’ the Kings’ daughter wrote on Twitter, just before 2.00pm Eastern on Tuesday.
Prior to receiving the apology, Dr. Bernice King told TMZ the sketch was ‘repulsive’ and ‘false’ early on Tuesday, saying she wanted to speak to Cardi, face-to-face.
She also called the sketch poorly-timed, as it was first published on the 55th anniversary of King’s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the site of his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.
In the sketch, the character of Jacqueline Levina Brown, Jackson’s wife, starts by giving a testimonial-style interview.
‘So I decided to invite the ladies over for some drinks, so we can plan this rally, because nothing can go wrong for Martin in Memphis,’ Brown says.
(That’s where Dr. King was killed, on April 4, 1968.)
‘I’m so happy that I could get you ladies here so we can talk of this movement,’ she says, now in scene with the other women.
‘We really have to get the women together, because you know these men cannot progress without us. We have to be the backbone.’
The clip then cuts to a testimony by Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife, saying:
‘I don’t know why none of these hoes are up in here. Matter of fact, I don’t even know why I’m here.’
Back in scene, Scott King says, ‘Well I think I should be the leader of this group. You know my huuusband have marched in every states, and have fought so we use the same toilet as everybody…’
Then she gets cut off by Shabazz, who is seated next to Brown, who is wagging a finger in the air.
‘Well you husband is a hoe,’ Shabazz says.
That’s when Scott King gets her moment for a testimonial, and delivers the hussy line.
‘All these hussies wanna sleep with my huuusband!’ she says. ‘But it’s alright, ’cause I know he marches home to me.’
In another quick cut to a tesimonial, Shabazz says, ‘Oh and Coretta, she thinks she’s untouchable, honey. Let me tell you something about Coretta. Everybody done had a piece of Martin.’
With that last line, Shabazz lowers her shades to reveal the top half of her eyes.
Back in scene, the ladies are talking over each other, as Shabazz says louder than anyone else, ‘I will show you what violence does. I will show you.’
That’s when a white woman, known only as ‘Margaret’ walks in, and the other ladies all say in unison, ‘Oh, hell no!’
Margaret then gets her own testimonial to close out the sketch, where she’s titled as ‘the Iggy Azalea of the Civil Rights Movement.’
‘Like, I’m sorry i thought you guys were fighting for equal rights, and I’m pretty sure me f— Martin Luther King is, like, a perfect example of that,’ she says.
Meanwhile, throughout the clip, a character introduced as the ‘Secret KKK Spy’ basically says nothing.
It’s not clear exactly what Cardi said to Rev. Dr. King to make amends, as the apology wasn’t made publicly.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Stephanie Haney