Cardi B‘s sweltering summer hit “WAP” has done it again. Since its release, the thirst-trap song, featuring Megan Thee Stallion, has raised controversy for its name (when it was first released, “WAP” simply stood for “wet and gushy”) as well as its explicit subject matter.
Regardless, “WAP” is a huge success, and it continues to make waves in all circles, not just in hip-hop culture. The song has prompted plenty of videos of people imitating the song’s signature dance moves, which are seriously NSFW.
‘WAP’ Hits Military Twitter
One TikTok video that features two women, who appear to be in the military, doing part of the “WAP” has received a lot of backlash from online trolls.
Others say the outrage points to the age-old double standard that women on social media are criticized more than men for dancing provocatively.
The two women are dressed in military fatigues as they roll on the floor, twerk, and kick their legs up in the air while “WAP” plays in the background.
The video was posted by Kamrynvison01, who has made their account private as the controversy raged.
‘WAP’s Dance Moves Have Gone Viral
Some are speaking out, voicing displeasure that women representing the U.S. military are making sexually explicit moves on social media.
According to Military Times, social media users have re-tweeted the TikTok video, saying women should be banned from the military. And they’re using especially strong vitriol to get their point across.
@PhiliaSmith wrote:“I really wish we put these people on the frontlines as body sheilds (sic). Holy f*cking hell I hate you.”
@CFagan1987 said, “Conduct unbecoming … this is disgraceful. Our fighting men and women should not be mimicking trash queen Cardi B when in uniform.”
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But others were quick to defend the women.
@fit_ishbabe tweeted: “If you’re going to comment on the unprofessionalism of those two females, but you don’t call this out as being unprofessional in uniform, then you’re actually just shaming women.”
Men, too, have responded to the women’s TikTok with their own quick versions of “WAP,” a song which has hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Military Times writes that responses have included “workout tips to ‘milspouse’ woes” as well as “complaints about toxic command climate.”
The Divide Between Men and Women Continues
Victoria Kositz tweeted:
“Let’s be clear here, the reason this particular video is making the rounds outside of Twitter and bringing up comments on professionalism from people with oak leaves and eagles or people with stars between their chevrons and rockers is because it’s of two women.”
Military Times says Kositz is a veteran and professor of military science.
@TEE_uhhh reiterated Kositz’ point, tweeting:
“Being okay w men in uniform doing the WAP dance and having a huge issue with women doing the same dance just goes to show you how sexist the military is.”
That opinion should come as no surprise, since humans have been fighting for millennia, and women were only allowed to join the U.S. military as recently as 1917.