Rap artist Cardi B sat down to talk with GQ Magazine, and let it be known she knows what she's talking about when it comes to the United States presidents. Turns out Cardi is a political science enthusiast, and her favorite president? Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Cardi credits working with the poor and elderly, bringing the country back from the Great Depression, all while a world war was looming, for her admiration of Roosevelt. She told GQ:
I love government. I'm obsessed with presidents. I'm obsessed to know how the system works. First of all he helped us get over the Depression, all while he was in a wheelchair. Like, this man was suffering from polio at the time of his presidency, and yet all he was worried about was trying to make America great—make America great again for real. He's the real 'Make America Great Again,' because if it wasn't for him, old people wouldn't even get Social Security.
Yes, from the New Deal. It was a system to get us back from the world Depression—then, on top of that, while he was president there was a fucking war going on. World War II was going on. So all this shit going on in the United States, while recouping the country from an economic tragedy, making sure that America won the war.
Cardi went on to throw some props to Eleanor Roosevelt too:
I would say she was almost like Michelle Obama. She was such a good humanitarian, and we both got the same birthday, October 11th.
Fans were all about Cardi and her love of history.
This @caityweaver piece has *everything*: butt injections, gang rituals, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and James Buchanan, maybe-Taylor Swift cameos, gun control tirades, lobster mac n cheese, linguistic identity crises, and late-night snacking/rapping https://t.co/O2MLmEnNLL— Daniel Riley (@danielvriley) April 9, 2018
There were some that took issue with the interview and how it all played out.
Radhika Jones (@radhikajones), the EIC of VF, has made some great editorial decisions, and that cover story was one of them.— Lara Witt (@Femmefeministe) April 9, 2018
On the other hand, GQ's misstep here is what feeds into the objectification and devaluation of Black women, especially BW like Cardi B.
There was also a problem with the lengthy description of Cardi's body before launching into her thoughts.
It’s low key embarrassing how the GQ Cardi B article starts with like a two paragraph description of her body before she talks about presidents.— Yassir Lester (@Yassir_Lester) April 9, 2018
Still others appreciate Cardi's opinion on history.
I came here to see what Cardi B had to say about butt injections & ended up reading about her understanding of FDR's New Deal. Incredible.— ♥️ (@LoveRunandPray) April 9, 2018
Maybe a bit of a sweeping statement.
There were also warnings of ever thinking anyone is all good or all bad.
Be aware that FDR also put the Japanese Americans into internment camps— ObscureOpulence (@ObscureOpulence) April 9, 2018
I didn't know progressives were in favor of sending Americans to concentration camps based on race— Dr Jangeng Dibantang CAA (@jangengdibantin) April 9, 2018
We're happy to see more entertainers talking politics.
The fact that Cardi B and my high school history teacher share a fascination with FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt is so hilarious and I'm so here for it— Yifei Chan (@yifei_chan) April 9, 2018
One thing everyone can agree on is once the baby is born, we want Cardi B doing a Drunk History episode.
After Cardi B has her baby she's gotta do an episode of Drunk History— Carlie (@car724) April 9, 2018
H/T: GQ Magazine