Cardi B Becomes 1st Woman to Headline Rolling Loud Festival, Then Rolling Loud Becomes 1st Festival to Allow Its Headliner to Be Harassed on Stage
As the first woman to headline last night’s Rolling Loud Festival, we should be celebrating this pivotal moment in Cardi B’s career. But instead of showering Cardi with praise for her achievement, the Internet is abuzz with this:
Offset crashes Cardi B’s set at @RollingLoud.— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) December 16, 2018
The rapper brought out flowers and a cake set up that spelled out “Take Me Back Cardi” on stage. Cardi B was not feeling the gesture and had him and the set up removed. pic.twitter.com/MBh3xUWrls
During her set, Migos rapper Offset crashed the stage to apologize in front of the world for cheating on his wife. Which in theory sounds like a well intended public display of contrition until you remember: 1. He stole Cardi’s moment. 2. Had he kept that same energy from the jump instead of embarrassing the mother of his child in front of the entire world, he would’ve never needed to apologize in the first place. 3. His overtures were ill-timed, unwanted, selfish, manipulative and the textbook definition of harassment. 4. He stole Cardi’s moment. Which are all points Twitter was quick to point out:
Tonight should have been about Cardi *headlining* the Rolling Loud festival.— Naima Cochrane (@naima) December 16, 2018
Instead it’s all about what this dude did & how she reacted. No convos about her performance. In fact, it’s stealing thunder even from other performers tonight.
That’s selfish AF. That’s manipulation.
I really am trying not to participate in a dragging of Offset (even tho I’m upset like I know Cardi...)— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) December 16, 2018
I just want us to make sure we don’t continuously romanticize manipulative, entitled behavior.
Impressionable young folks will miss important red flags.
DO ???????? NOT ???????? BRING ???????? YOUR ???????? MESS ???????? UP ???????? TO ???????? MY ???????? JOB ???????? BRUH.— Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) December 16, 2018
But Offset’s behavior aside, how in the hell was this even allowed to happen? We’re talking about the headlining act. There’s no way that Rolling Loud was in on it too, right? Well as our own Monique Judge noted, that appeared to be the case:
WOW. Rolling Out deleted the tweet in which they basically admitted their complicity in Offset's harassment of Cardi. Is it because people are calling it what it is? pic.twitter.com/r0xRk1qkv3— Monique Judge (@thejournalista) December 16, 2018
Y'all really trying to salvage this when we all saw your now-deleted tweet saying that YOU KNEW AND TACITLY APPROVED of Offset interrupting Cardi's set. Unplug the amps, the mics, and your Twitter. You're done. Amazing way to treat your first female headliner EVER. https://t.co/snzpmovg0M— April (@ReignOfApril) December 16, 2018
But despite Offset’s selfish actions, it’s important to remember that this fiasco involves real people with real feelings going through a very real divorce. Which put Cardi in the uncomfortable position of having to be the bigger person and defend him—as if he didn’t just steal her moment.
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None of us have any idea how this ordeal will play out, but I do know that if Offset really loved his wife as much as he claims he does, he wouldn’t have tried to clean up a mess he made on her time. But also of note, Rolling Loud should be ashamed of their role in this debacle. Because they made a conscious decision to sacrifice Cardi’s moment—as well their reputation—in exchange for some retweets and Google search results.