Cardi B has apologized for appearing in a controversial comedy sketch called “The Real Housewives of the Civil Rights Movement.” The rapper played Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow Coretta Scott King in the skit, a preview of comedian Rip Michaels’ upcoming series Off the Rip.
In the piece, which TMZ posted Tuesday – on the 55th anniversary of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech – the spouses of King, Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson sit around a mansion and talk. “I think I should be the leader of this group,” Cardi B notes before another housewife calls Dr. King a “ho.”
Dr. King’s son Martin Luther King III called the sketch “beyond offensive” in a TMZ interview. “Young people look up to these artists,” he said, urging viewers to engage in the electoral process. Dr. King’s daughter Bernice King called the clip “repulsive.”
However, Martin Luther King III thanked Cardi B in a subsequent tweet for “reaching out to [him] and apologizing” for the skit. “I am looking forward to talking with you soon,” he added.
Cardi B – who recently issued her debut LP, Invasion of Privacy – returned to the stage Saturday night during Migos’ New York City show to rap her “MotorSport” verse, marking her first performance since the July birth of her daughter, Kulture.