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According to some viewers, the pair's performance was "not family-friendly" enough to be aired on television.
Grammy host Trevor Noah gave viewers a heads up prior to their performance that things were about heat up in a particularly, not safe for work fashion. Despite the warning viewers took to Twitter to call out the artists, as well as CBS, for airing the"inappropriate" production.
"Hope everyone watching the #Grammys already put their kids to bed!," one person wrote.
"The Grammys, or as I refer to them as, the Slammys had their boring awards gathering last night. Entertainment was provided by two s—ts, I mean 'artists' Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion," another tweeted. "How family appropriate."
"All joking aside, how is this appropriate to watch on CBS?" one person asked.
I am mortified for all who just witnessed what has happened to our society... unacceptable!!
— K. Daves (@KDaves3) March 15, 2021
"Expressing their sexuality"?
No personal offense, but have you been desensitized by social media? These acts are okay in their appropriate confines. Yet to broadcast them on public TV to the world? No. Some of us still have values & care what our children see & might emulate.
— You Made Me (@Hogpuddin) March 15, 2021
— ChrisConardist (@CConardist) March 15, 2021
This performance was trashy for a show that is supposed to be family friendly.
— Andrea lynch (@andrealynch501) March 15, 2021
While many weren't impressed by the rappers and their performance, fans have argued that protesting the song perpetuates misogyny by being offended by female sexual expression.
"Crying because so much misogyny and racism directed at Cardi and Meg after 'WAP' and they still showed up like they didn’t hear any of it. Thank you for showing us how to be," someone tweeted.
Seeing a lot of ppl slam @theestallion/@iamcardib's performance. 1) Dont want ur kids seeing that? Be a parent & dont let ur kids see that 2) "What if that was ur daughter?" At the top of their game in the field of their choice, paid, happy, at the #GRAMMYs? Im proud of u, honey.
— Mike Adam (@MikeAdamOnAir) March 15, 2021
"To the people calling Cardi B and Megan's performance not family-friendly. Hate to break it to you, but your misogyny is showing. Stop shaming women for being liberated by their sexuality. Stop teaching your kids that women's bodies should be hidden in order to be taken seriously," another wrote.
This isn't the first time that viewers have pushed back against risqué performances on live television. Some fans compared the Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion slander to the very similar backlash Jennifer Lopez faced after her 2020 Super Bowl performance, which featured a brief pole dance — a nod to her film "Hustlers."
"Remember how Karens got upset at Shakira and J-Lo about the Super Bowl...Wonder what they're gonna say about this," one person tweeted.