Cardi B shuts down racist comments claiming Black female rappers 'depreciate the value' of Birkin bags

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Cardi B responded to a racist social media post about her Hermès Birkin handbag collection in an Instagram video on Monday.
The tweet claimed that "Birkins have literally lost their worth," blaming black rappers like Cardi B and the City Girls for the devaluation.
The rapper, who said she bought four Hermès bags that day, stated that people shouldn't ask black celebrities about their Birkins because they don't do the same to their white counterparts.
"You don't do this to these white celebrities. Then why do you have to ask us?" She asked.
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Cardi B responded to a racist social media post criticizing her Hermès Birkin handbag collection.
On Monday, the 28-year-old "WAP" artist shared a nearly four-minute Instagram video with a social media post that doubted black rappers could get Birkin bags, which can cost anywhere from $ 12,000 to $ 200,000 .
The post also claimed that "Birkins have literally lost their worth," blaming black rappers for the alleged devaluation.
"They also said how we depreciate the value of a Hérmes Birkin bag, and I find that really interesting, right? First of all, right, I could definitely get a bag. Actually, I got four bags from the Hermès store today "Cardi B said in her video, before highlighting a racist double standard regarding luxury item ownership.
"Why are you asking rappers if they could get a bag from the Hermès store? You're not doing this to those white celebrities," she said, adding, "So why is it you?" all have to ask us? What the hell? "
She went on to say that black musicians actually "value" brands.
Cardi B said after mentioning Christian Louboutin's shoes in her 2018 hit "Bodak Yellow", the designer's sales soared.
According to Business of Fashion, the song's release resulted in a media value of $ 4.5 million for the brand and a 217 percent increase in online searches for designer shoes.
The Grammy-winning rapper also used her 2018 song "I Like It," where she mentions Balenciaga sneakers as an example.
"That has increased too, and that's why they worked with me this year," Cardi B explained, referring to her partnership with the designer brand in September 2020.
She later added, "Like hip-hop, we start trends."
Cardi B also said people should stop wondering whether black and Latin American women wear counterfeit designer items or let men buy them.
"There are a lot of bosses out here," she said, telling her followers that many women run their own businesses and support each other financially.
And even though Cardi B has its own large Birkin collection, she ended her video by saying that designer items shouldn't define a person.
"A Birkin doesn't make you," she said. "Never feel like you have to compare yourself."
Although Cardi B told her followers that luxury handbags are not the be-all and end-all, she and her husband Offset have already given their 2-year-old daughter Kulture her first Birkin.
In July, Offset gave the toddler the $ 8,000 handbag as a belated birthday present.
The extravagant gift sparked a variety of reactions from fans, with some jealous of Kulture and others annoyed at the exaggerated gesture.
However, Cardi B jumped in to defend her husband amid the backlash.
"When celebrities buy jewelry and designers for their children, people say, 'Children don't care. They only care about toys and sweets.' Yes, they just take care of toys and sweets, but the kids go outside too. Kids go to restaurants, kids go to fancy places. Celebrity kids, they make red carpets, "she said.
Cardi B continued, "If I fly and Dad's fly, so is the child. If I wear Cha-nay-nay, my child has the same thing, you know what I'm saying? to what the kids like. If it were the kids they would be out in diapers. "
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