Michael Brown on “WAP” Underscores Why We Need a Cultural and Moral Revolution

I’m quite aware that hip hop and rap lyrics have long been sexually explicit and vulgar. And I’m quite aware, that already in 1968, the Beatles were singing “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” But when the latest #1 song is too vulgar even to quote, and when you realize it will be sung by millions of young children, it’s time to say, “Enough! We really need a gospel-based moral and cultural revolution.”

Back in 2017, when Cardi B, the rapper and former stripper, began to skyrocket in fame, she said, “I realized, after Halloween, a lot of little girls, they be looking up to me. They love me, and I’m thinking to myself, like, ‘yo, I really need to be a better example.’”

At that point, she had 12 million Instagram followers. Today she has 72 million. How many of them are “little girls”?

She continued, “But I be trying to be a better example, though, you know what I’m saying? I’ve been trying to be more PG-13, less rated R. But I be hanging out with my hood rat friends and then they [expletive] me up all over again.”

Based on her latest hit, which she performed together with Megan Thee Stallion, who is also known for salacious lyrics, it would appear that she was hanging out with her “hood rat friends” again. The results are virtually unquotable in a family-friendly environment.

Michael Brown holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 25 books and hosts the nationally syndicated, daily talk radio show, the Line of Fire.

Yet there is no doubt that little girls are singing along and dancing along to the filthy lyrics, even if they don’t have the slightest idea what the words mean. As for the tens of millions who celebrate the song, they are a picture of just how depraved our culture has become.

In truth, this is nothing new, and music videos have been celebrating vulgarity for decades, with younger and younger audiences singing and dancing along.

But that doesn’t mean we get used to it or we look the other way. The truth is that the sexual revolution of the 1960s has scarred us more deeply than we imagine. We literally wallow in moral and sexual pollution. Not only so, but we glory in it. Filth has become a path to fame.