The role of the role model is up for debate. Are celebrities expected to be on their best behavior at all times because fans look up to them?
Or, is it unfair to expect celebrities to give up their authentic selves just because they’re in the limelight? When Cardi B Tweeted out, “I’m just nasty like that,” a fan responded, asking the rapper to act better.
The fan wrote, “I love you ALOT but I don’t agree with the messages you’ve been sending us young girls. So many of us look at you as a role model and that should send a very loud message.”
I love you ALOT but I don’t agree with the messages you’ve been sending us young girls. So many of us look at you as a role model and that should send a very loud message.
— Kenidra4Humanity (@KenidraRWoods_) April 6, 2019
Cardi B responded, saying she feels stifled by the role model label, “For these past two years I been watching what I say and I haven’t been myself. I been feeling [trapped] and sad cause it’s not ME but everybody tell me to be it for me to be this ‘role model’ and guess what? People still spit my past right in my face so for now imma be my old self again,” the rapper wrote.
For these past two years I been watching what I say and I haven’t been myself.I been feeling trap and sad cause it’s not ME but everybody tell me to be it for me to be this “rolemodel”and guess what ? People still spit my past right in my face so for now imma be my old self again https://t.co/yyznDymIYp
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) April 6, 2019
Twitter had Cardi B’s back, Tweeting support for the rapper to be her authentic self.
Never change who you are. People will hate and/or love you either way. We are at our best when we are US and not pretending to be someone else.
— Anton (FOR THE BOYS) (@TitanTFup615) April 6, 2019
Do you. You’re great, intelligent, and interesting and that’s plenty for anyone to look up to.
— roxane gay (@rgay) April 6, 2019
Others brought up the point that a true role model is someone who is comfortable with who they are.
Do good, people say trash, do bad, people still say trash, the best way to survive the world is just do what’s comfortable with you, whoever wants you as a role model should want you for your authenticity, not what everyone else thinks you should be! DO you!
— KudaMpofu95 (@KMpofu95) April 6, 2019
A true role model is authentically genuine to their own soul, real inspiration
— Aqua Vitae (@chiefsaveahoe) April 6, 2019
The message that you should receive from Cardi, is to be who YOU are. Not attempt to mirror who you hope (or think) someone else is. Never put anyone on a pedestal and keep moving towards your dreams. Cardi proves that, if nothing else. Now go be great!
— Shanticka Buchanan (@TickaNascha) April 6, 2019
The rapper has never claimed to be perfect, as she frequently points out. Cardi B has made past mistakes, such as drugging and stealing from men when she was a stripper, but she has owned up to those mistakes.
“I made the choices that I did at the time because I had very limited options,” she said earlier this year. “I was blessed to have been able to rise from that but so many women have not.”
And at the end of the day, isn’t the ability to be yourself and to acknowledge your past something to look up to? We should all let Cardi B just be Cardi B.
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