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Cardi B Debates Twerking with a Conservative

Once again, Cardi B defends her useless opinion against another's useless opinion on Twitter.

This week, Cardi B is putting her prolific experience with celebrity feuds to use by bickering about politics with non-celebrity conservatives on Twitter.

On Monday, the 26-year-old debated who's to blame for the longest government shutdown in history with pointless political commentator Tomi Lahren. On Tuesday, conservative Washington, D.C. columnist, Stephanie Hamill, picked a fight with Cardi by criticizing her latest music video with City Girls, "Twerk." Hamill posted, "In the Era of #meToo how exactly does this empower women? Leftists, @iamcardib, feel free to chime in."

Fulfilling her civic duty as any former Instagram/Vine-model and rapper would do, Cardi B answered the call. She posted a response, "It says to women that I can wear and not wear whatever I want. do w.e I want and that NO still means NO. So Stephanie chime in..If I twerk and be half naked does that mean I deserve to get raped and molested? I want to know what a conservative woman like you thinks."

The music video in question, released last week, features dozens of "the best twerkers in the world" showing off their expertise on a beach. But make no mistake, these are truly the best twerkers the production could find, having conducted a global video contest that awarded $25,000 to the winner. As for the song itself, "Twerk" is a highly sexualized stream of consciousness with the perfect amount of repetition ("Twerk, twerk, twerk, twerk…"), expletives ("Thicc bitch God's gift to a dick / Drop low, look back, shit fat, shit fat…"), and other nonsense that we love about Cardi B's music.

Hamill responded agreeably to Cardi B and then expressed a brand new concern about the music industry that's never been uttered before. She posted, "I agree, No means NO, NO MATTER what! But this video, & others like this sexually objectify women. I think this hurts all women & the cause. We're not sex OBJECTS! Clearly we see things differently, (maybe I'm just a hater bc I can't Twerk 🤣). Come on my show, debate me!"

Cardi B closed out the enriching debate with the general disclaimer: "All these conservatives been harassing me and telling me the most disgusting things these past few days. I'm not telling ya to turn liberal all I'm saying is to admit that your president is f*ckin up this country right now! Liberal or conservative we ALL suffer as citizens."

The kicker to this lively exchange between two of the most important women we look to for enriching cultural commentary is that it was simply a misunderstanding. Hamill was accused of being envious of Cardi B by another leader of our generation, former American Idol contestant Savion Wright. He said Hamill was "a dusty raggedy ass white woman trying to shame a black woman making 10x the amount of money she will ever make without marrying a trust fund baby." Hamill's response? Don't fret. She's not white; she's Latina.

By the way, this is Stephanie Hamill:

Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.

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Colin Kaepernick's Crew Slams Travis Scott on Twitter

Contrary to reports, the blacklisted quarterback doesn't approve of Scott's Super Bowl gig.


According to Colin Kaepernick's girlfriend, "NO mutual respect" exists between Travis Scott and the blacklisted NFL quarterback.

After months of speculation, Scott was confirmed as a performer at Super Bowl LIII's halftime show earlier this week. The 26-year-old announced a joint $500,000 donation with the NFL to Dream Corps, a non-profit organization for social justice, in hopes to quell the backlash against him working with the league. On Wednesday, early reports alleged that Scott had spoken to Kaepernick before accepting the gig, with Variety claiming that they shared "at least one phone conversation," during which they expressed "mutual respect and understanding."

However, members of Kaepernick's inner circle, including his girlfriend, Nessa, and the radio personality Ebro Darden, immediately took to Twitter to deny that the two had any contact whatsoever—let alone that Kaepernick approved of Scott in any way. Ebro posted bluntly, "Kap did not approve this bullshit! Get the fuck outta here…" Nessa responded, "They need to stop lying."

Another Twitter user panned the notion of Kaepernick condoning Scott's actions by recapping the rapper's contentious comments about Ferguson police brutality victim, Mike Brown. He called Scott the "man that insinuated that Mike Brown was at fault in his death…"

It's true that Scott earned sharp criticism for his comments during a 2014 radio interview in which he expressed that Brown deserved to "pay for consequences he probably inflicted." Scott criticized the Ferguson protests in general, stating, "I'm kind of angry; so many Black people are acting like fake activists…I'm not saying [Mike Brown] deserved to get killed...And I know we're like 'fed up' quote/un-quote, with whatever is going on in culture…but at the same time, you gotta just stop putting yourself in positions where you're continuously having this situation go down." The rapper added that "the problem with Black people" is there always has to be a "disruption" when situations like Ferguson occur.

Tellingly, Kaepernick retweeted all of the above posts from his personal account. His girlfriend also slammed Scott for "selling out" when his halftime show appearance was announced alongside confirmations of Maroon 5 and Big Boi. She simply posted the definition of a "sell out" and commented, "If you're with them, then you are definitely not with us."

In fact, a petition on began circulating shortly after the performances were confirmed that calls for Travis Scott, Maroon 5, and Big Boi to follow Kaepernick's example and "take a knee" during their set. As of Wednesday afternoon, it has 85,000 signatures.

Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.

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A Twitter Tit-for-Tat Between Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks

Clashing opinions on Kanye's praise for Trump fuel a feud between celebrities.

It looks like Azealia Banks and Lana Del Rey are at each other's throats.

The bickering stems from Kanye West's latest post on his admiration for the president. While West is famous for being at the center of controversy, he merely stirred the pot for this feud and hasn't weighed in on the Del Rey and Banks Twitter war (at least not yet).

It appears that Del Rey put Banks in a bad mood by commenting on a positive post about President Trump that West shared on his Instagram account. Del Rey suggested that his support of Trump was "a loss for the culture." When Banks was privy to the commentary, she directed a Twitter tirade of her own at Del Rey.

What followed was a slew of tweets that turned the social media site into a battlefield between the artists.

Banks accused Del Rey of using West "for your (Del Rey's) own vapid attempts to seem politically aware." She continued posting about systemic racism, sexism, and so on, calling Del Rey "the enemy" and recommending she extend an apology to West.

Like any low-blow Twitter war, the topic went from something that could have started a conversation about politics and the state of society to bashing one another's looks and talent, resulting in Del Rey suggesting Banks stop by her house to "fight it out face-to-face."


While Del Rey doesn't usually engage in heated exchanges on social media, Banks is a seasoned professional. According to People, "In May, she criticized Cardi B, calling her everything from a 'caricature of a black woman' to 'an illiterate, untalented rat' after she broke onto the scene, and attacked her marriage with rapper Offset." She has also told Rihanna to "shut up and sit down" when Rihanna spoke out about Trump's order to ban refugees from entering the country. Surely, this recent Del Rey incident won't be the last time Banks uses social media as a virtual boxing ring.


Perhaps after West finishes lunch with Trump at the White House tomorrow, he'll share his thoughts about the Del Rey–Banks beef. Until then, stay tuned to Twitter to find out if more fire fuels this feud or it fizzles out.

Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G,, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.

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Cannon V. Kanye – And the Beef Goes On

Kanye West is warning Nick Cannon to never utter his wife's name...especially when Drake's involved.

Don't even THINK about Kim K. getting down with Drake.

Hell, don't even mention her name. That's what Kanye West is fuming and Nick Cannon's having none of it. It all stems from speculation that once upon a time, Drake and Kardashian West were an item. Or at least they got to know each other very well.

While the Wests completely deny the whole Drake thing, Cannon – an ex of Kardashian West's – went public on The Shade Room to speculate on how the notion of Drake and Kardashian West getting down and dirty "Isn't a far-fetched thought."

As CNN (yes, even CNN is interested in this tomfoolery) reports, Cannon explained , "As a fan, stepping back, there's something real personal Drake holds over that whole family, that he's like, 'Y'all don't want me to let this out.'" And for a family that airs all their dirty laundry for all the world to see, if Drake does have something on Kardashian West, it has got to be juicy.

There's even a Drake song where he refers to a "KiKi" in the lyrics. Anyone who watches Keeping Up With The Kardashians knows "KiKi" is a nickname for "Kim" often used by her sisters. That said, Kardashian West says she is not the "KiKi" Drake sings about. Even if the "KiKi" is another woman, West gave Drake a lesson in…shall we call it…etiquette?

See, West went on a multi-tiered Twitter tirade, bashing not only Cannon but Drake as well. He gave Drake his school of thought. If he "had a girlfriend from Chicago, her name was Renita and then you was married to Rihanna, I wouldn't make no song called 'Riri.' You're too smart for that, bro. You know where that comes from. Don't make no record with nothing that could be confused." Perhaps Drake was smart, knowing this "did they/didn't they?" chatter would erupt.

But Kanye's going after Cannon, basically for having an opinion. So what if he thinks Drake and Kardashian West once "smashed" as he stated on The Shade Room? If one doesn't "throw shade" in The Shade Room, then what fun is that? And Doesn't West have bigger fish to fry? He's all about having an opinion…as long as it's his apparently.

As expected, Cannon won't back down and tweeted out a video addressing the matter. He said, "Nothing but love and respect for you (West), you know I always had that, but I honestly gotta say this my dude, I've never said anything disrespectful, harmful, in my opinion, to your marriage or your union. I salute it, keep it going. But you not gonna tell me what I can and what I can't say."

The cherry on top? West is upset with model Tyson Bedford too. Bedford made a comment on a pic of Kardashian West and it didn't sit well with West. Kanye, can't we all just get along?

Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G,, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.

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Taylor Swift and Katy Perry... The Feud is Over!

The Pop Stars Have Made Up… Unless it's All Made-Up


Did you hear it?

The "fat lady" has finally sung. No, obviously not Katy Perry or Taylor Swift – they are anything but portly – but the fact that the stars have once and for all called a truce means that their "beef" is over. The years-long feud between the A-list entertainers has been resolved, thanks to Perry extending an olive branch - and we don't mean figuratively - to her one-time enemy, Swift.


The two have been like oil and water ever since it was alleged that Perry "stole" backup dancers from Swift's tour, leading Swift to blab to Rolling Stone that her latest song lyrics were based on the petty event. That was in 2014 and it took four years for these "grown-ups" to get over it.

They "threw shade" at one another through their songs, videos, and in interviews, and repeatedly aimed to one-up the other with strategically-timed music releases, "squads," and "diss tracks." Perhaps the two kept it going for the attention, but with all the evil in the world, one would think millionaire musicians would be grateful for being young, rich, and beautiful. But like Swift sings, "haters gonna hate."


Maybe Perry was acting on her New Year's resolution nearly half a year in to apologize and mend broken fences. Just in time for Swift's "Reputation" stadium tour, she sent Swift the olive branch along with a nice note in the hopes that Swift would let bygones be bygones. And doggonit, Swift was finally ready to forgive. But like the rest of us, after four years of this nonsense, it will be hard to soon forget.

Then again, we can thank Perry and Swift for duking it out, so to speak. Without their sensational squabble, we would have never been blessed with "Bad Blood" or "Swish Swish." The singers' tribulations turned into some pretty catchy tunes. Go figure.

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Calvin Harris is in danger of overplaying his hand.

He's won. And now he needs to stop.

Everyone knows that Taylor Swift's romance with Tom Hiddleston is a big fat phony fake PR relationship. Everyone knows that she had lined up the poor rabbit-caught-in-headlights-Bond-wannabe well before she and Calvin uncoupled. Everyone agrees that 26 year old TayTay has taken her controlled public image one step too far and been exposed as a master manipulator. Everyone thinks she was a bitch for trying to embarrass Calvin over his hit with Rihanna, This Is What You Came For.

Calvin could have remained silent and still come out the victor.

But that wasn't enough for Scottish born 32 year old Calvin. He has well and truly driven the message home by jumping slap bang into the middle of the feud between Kim Kardashian / Kanye West and his flailing ex.

Following on from her epic take-down last week when she exposed Taylor's lying ass over Kanye's song Famous , Kim K twisted the knife a little more on Friday when she Snapchatted herself singing along to her husband's controversial song—including the line that caused so much debate.

Now while no-one expects Kim to let Taylor off the hook anytime soon, Calvin decided to show his support for the Wests when he shared a Snapchat of himself singing along to another of Kanye's songs, That Part. The clip is brief, but it gets the job done and we all know whose side he's on (as if we couldn't already guess).

A photo has surfaced from Jennifer Lopez's 47th birthday bash in Las Vegas on Friday night and it is a double shade throw from both Kimmy and Calvin that leaves Swifty in total darkness.

JLo has never been more insignificant at any party, let alone one that's supposed to be for her! She was window-dressing though, a mere pawn in Operation Annihilate Taylor Swift.

The star-studded party was brimming with celebrities and was supposed to honor Lopez. More importantly though, it put Kim and Calvin in the same room. They had a nice little chat, smiling away by all accounts—we can't begin to imagine what they were discussing!


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As the final cherry on the cake (and we don't mean the one for Jen), Kim got to do the honors and present the birthday cake to JLo for her to blow out the candles—but not before there was a quick snap taken of the birthday girl, French Montana, Kim holding the cake and......Mr Calvin Harris!


The look on JLo's face says it all really. Did it even matter that she was there? Well yes, because a straight out selfie with Kim and Calvin would have been too obvious even for them, but a group party pic? Perfect!

The photo has been duly shared (French Montana did his job) and Taylor, if she has any sense will accept that victory is theirs, retreat to her Rhode Island estate and let Tiddle Boy lick her wounds for some time.

Calvin needs to stop now though. Anymore shade and he's going to look petty, Taylor will start getting the sympathy vote and pretty soon the "bully" word will be flying around and he will yearn for the days when he was applauded for maintaining a dignified silence.

As Elsa so wisely said; Let it go.