Cardi B addresses controversy over Met Gala designer reference

Cardi B's response to backlash after referring to Met Gala Designer as 'Asian' sparks conversation on cultural awareness
The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" - Red Carpet
The 2024 Met Gala Celebrating "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" - Red Carpet / Kevin Mazur/MG24/GettyImages

The Met Gala 2024: Cardi B’s show-stopping gown sparks conversation

Cardi B, the global superstar and chart-topping rapper, turned heads at the 2024 Met Gala with her dramatic black ensemble. The avant-garde gown, designed by Chinese seamstress Sensen Lii, was a true masterpiece. However, Cardi’s handling of the designer’s name during an interview on the garden-esque carpet caused quite a stir.

The slip-up

As Cardi posed for the cameras, she was asked the expected question:

"Who made this?” Her response? “It’s this amazing designer. They’re Asian and everything."

While her intention was not to offend, the slip-up led to backlash. People took to social media to express their disappointment, with some calling it “sad and disrespectful.”

Cardi later took to her socials to clarify what happened. In a video posted on Instagram, she explained,

"When I was on the red carpet, I was very scared because the dress was supposed to be on a little podium, and I’ve been practicing how to pose on the podium. But at the carpet, I wasn’t allowed to use the podium. So I had a lot of things on my mind, and I was being rushed to the front of the line."

"She continued, So when I was getting interviewed, I kind of forgot to pronounce the designer’s name because his name is a little bit complicated. Like, my mind was just racing."

Cardi emphasized that she didn’t want to offend anyone by using a specific nationality, hence the reference to the designer as “Asian.”

The backlash

The entertainment world believe that Cardi should have made an effort to remember the designer’s name, especially given the significance of the event. The use of the term “Asian” without specifying the nationality also raised eyebrows.

Supporters of Cardi B argue that her intention was not to offend. She clarified that she didn’t want to mix up nationalities and chose to refer to the designer as “Asian” to avoid any potential missteps. They appreciate her candid response and believe the backlash is unwarranted

Despite the slip-up, Cardi made it clear that she appreciates Sensen Lii’s work. She shouted out the designer multiple times in appreciation. Her response highlights the pressure and nerves that come with high-profile events like the Met Gala.

Cardi B, known for her unfiltered personality and unapologetic attitude, took to social media to address the backlash she received. In a series of tweets, she acknowledged her mistake and expressed regret for not using the designer's name. She emphasized the need for cultural understanding and vowed to educate herself further on different cultures to avoid similar situations in the future.

Cardi B’s Met Gala gown may have caused controversy, but her explanation shows that even superstars can stumble over names. As the entertainment world continues to buzz about the event, one thing is certain: Cardi B’s fashion choices will always be a topic of conversation.