Cardi B has provided an explanation for a transphobic meme showing up on her Facebook page.
Following criticism on social media, Cardi took to Twitter to claim she doesn’t have control of her Facebook account. According to her, a former member of her team has been responsible for all posts on her official page for more than a year now.
“It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page,” she wrote. “For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.”
It's come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page. For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account.
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 16, 2018
The controversial post has since been deleted, but screenshots of it have been saved and shared on social media. Some Twitter users have been skeptical of her explanation.
Black trans women are being killed because of jokes like this. These niggas are killing us to keep women like you @iamcardib from finding out. Cause you’ll make fun of their manhood. This is how you encourage toxic masculinity that only ends up hurting you too sis! Apologize. pic.twitter.com/eooxFrp85j
— Angelica Ross (@angelicaross) September 16, 2018
Cardi has been accused of being transphobic in the past. Last year, a video of her using the word “tranny” sparked controversy. She responded to the accusations by saying she didn’t know the word was offensive prior to the outrage.
“I keep getting called ‘transphobic’ because like two years ago, I used the word ‘tranny,’” she remarked in a livestream. “I didn’t know that was a word that you cannot use, especially because my trans friends use it. And as [I was] growing up, my parents never told me that that was a bad word. You know, there’s bad words that your parents teach you that you’re not supposed to say. Nobody taught us that. Nobody taught us that in our school.”