Cardi B is kind of sorry for hosting a 37-person Thanksgiving

Cardi B sticks her tongue out onstage
The face of penitence
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Stars: they’re just like us. Except for when it comes to flouting safety measures during a pandemic that’s killed more than 1.4 million people worldwide. I am regrettably referring to Cardi B’s recent 37-person Thanksgiving extravaganza that led Twitter users to chastise the rapper for “using her privilege to get around [COVID restrictions].”

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Despite clear CDC guidelines that specified reducing travel and cancelling large gatherings, the “WAP” rapper boasted about her Turkey Day gathering on Twitter, saying, “Twelve kids and 25 adults over the holidays. It was lit.” The tweet was certainly a bummer to see, especially for folks like me who identify as aggressive Cardi B fans. After being repeatedly called out on social media, the 28-year-old rapper tweeted an apology that, alas, had distinctive “let them eat cake” vibes:

In a follow-up tweet, Cardi explained that she and her team regularly get tested for COVID-19. “ME specially and everyone that works around me get tested literally 4 times a week,” she wrote in response to a fan. “Im In the middle of work and Everytime we clock in we MUST GET TESTED !”

If we’ve learned anything from this year (remember the Kardashian private island excursion?), it’s that the rich and famous don’t experience a pandemic like the rest of us. And while it’s tempting to believe that a 37-person gathering could be safe with the help of regular COVID testing, that’s not the reality for the everyone. The debacle leads us to ask: was the backlash worth it, Cardi? Was it worth it for the macaroni in a pot?

Staff writer @ The Takeout, joke writer elsewhere. Wrangling dogs and pork shoulder in Chicago.

DISCUSSION

An indicator of real character is making good decisions even when there is no one around to see you do it.

This...making poor decisions and then choosing to publicize it, only to follow-up with an utterly tone-deaf and disingenuous “my bad” mea culpa is the epitome poor character. And so, so many people look to celebrities for inspiration and guidance.

The jesters will not be given the keys to my kingdom.