Bawdy rapper Cardi B has apologized for portraying Coretta Scott King, wife of civil rights icon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a raunchy comedy show skit.
The skit, first reported by TMZ, was part of an unaired bit from the comedy show Off the Rip and was entitled, “The Real Housewives of the Civil Rights Movement,” a riff on the many Real Housewives reality shows, according to Huffington Post.
The “Bodak Yellow” singer joked about King’s marital infidelity in the skit saying, “All the hussies wanna sleep with my husband, but it’s alright, ’cause I know he marches home to me.”
The off-color video (see below) appeared on the 55th anniversary of King’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech famously delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
The video especially upset Martin Luther King’s youngest daughter, Bernice King.
“On the 55th anniversary of #IHaveADream,’ a clip on @TMZ depicts my parents (Cardi B playing my mom) & great women of the CRM in a repulsive, false light,” King wrote in a tweet she later deleted. “They paid an extraordinary price so people of color can have a platform- & this is how you use it. @iamcardib: Let’s talk,” King added.
King posted a second tweet after deleting the original thanking the rapper for opening a dialog.
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) August 28, 2018
For her part, Cardi B has refused to comment publicly on the controversy.
Still, the creator of the comedy series has taken full responsibility for the bungled skit.
“The views expressed on Off The Rip are of mine. & not @iamcardib In no know [sic] way it was it 2 defame your family’s legacy,” Michaels tweeted.
The views expressed on “Off The Rip”are of mine. & not @iamcardib In no know way it was it 2 defame your family’s legacy.
— RIP MICHEALS!! (@ripmicheals) August 28, 2018
Martin Luther King, III, also expressed his displeasure with the skit. King slammed the skit for focusing on “superficial” things on the anniversary of his father’s great speech.
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