Since Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s hugely popular song WAP debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 last year, conservative critics have blasted the lyrics and music video as as too crude, raunchy, and generally inappropriate.
Those critics certainly won’t be happy with how the song looks in American Sign Language.
On August 1, Megan Thee Stallion took to the stage at Lollapalooza to perform WAP for a sea of 180,000 screaming fans, but in the days since, its her ASL interpreter who has become a mega social media star.
On TikTok, a clip of Kelly Kurdi signing the X-rated lyrics has gone viral, with millions of viewers stunned by her interpretation of lines about aggressively performing fellatio.
That’s some X-rated signing! An American Sign Language interpreter at Megan Thee Stallion’s Lollapalooza show has gone viral for her performance of WAP
Certified freak! Kelly Kurdi stood to the side of the stage on Sunday and signed the lyrics to the song WAP
She signed lyrics like ”I wanna gag, I wanna choke’ and ‘I want you to touch that little dangly dang / That swang in the back of my throat.’ Kurdi mimes performing fellatio, wrapping her hands around an imaginary phallic object in the air
WAP — which stands for Wet A** P***y — is full of explicit lyrics about sex.
While at the concert on Sunday, audience member Guilherme Senise Vital Senise da Silva said he ‘wanted to check how the interpreters were signing WAP’ and turned his camera to Kurdi, who was standing to the side of the stage.
During his video, a verse rapped by Cardi can be heard playing.
‘He got a beard, well, I’m tryna wet it / I let him taste it, now he diabetic /I don’t wanna spit, I wanna gulp / I wanna gag, I wanna choke / I want you to touch that little dangly dang / That swang in the back of my throat,’ she says.
The lyrics are certainly for mature ears only, but somehow Kurdi’s rendering of them makes them filthier still.
At ‘I wanna gag, I wanna choke,’ Kurdi mimes performing fellatio, wrapping her hands around an imaginary phallic object in the air.
Audience member Guilherme Senise Vital Senise da Silva captured the interpreter during Megan Thee Stallion’s performance
Grownups only! The song and music video are already packed with adult content
Viral: The video has been viewed 12.5 million times on TikTok so far, and has racked up millions more views on Twitter by stunned music fans
A moment later, at ‘I want you to touch that little dangly dang / That swang in the back of my throat,’ she does it again, this time even more aggressively.
The video has been viewed 12.5 million times on TikTok so far, and has racked up millions more views on Twitter by stunned music fans.
‘Why was that more inappropriate than the actual song,’ wrote one fan with laughing emojis.
‘She deserves a raise OMG,’ wrote another.
‘Apparently I know more sign language than I though,’ quipped a third.
Even Trojan condoms chimed in, writing: ‘She ate that up… literally.’
Several noted that she looked like she was doing a TikTok dance, while another joked that it wasn’t ‘legit ASL’: ‘She was just vibing with sprinkles of sign.’
Since achieving viral fame, Kurdi has thanked her new fans on Instagram, saying she is ‘just an interpreter passionate about providing access to a community I love and have learned everything from’
‘Seeing an interpreter at a concert shouldn’t be shocking. Seeing a deaf interpreter on tour with every artist should be the norm!’ she said
Since achieving viral fame, Kurdi has thanked her new fans on Instagram, saying she is ‘just an interpreter passionate about providing access to a community I love and have learned everything from.’
‘Do your part to make the world more accessible and caption your content!’ she added. ‘Provide ASL interpreters whenever possible. Support Deaf creators.’
She also responded to skeptics who have asked why deaf and hard of hearing people would attend a concert.
‘Seeing an interpreter at a concert shouldn’t be shocking. Seeing a deaf interpreter on tour with every artist should be the norm!’
Meanwhile, da Silva, who recorded the video, told BuzzFeed that he ‘decided to record her because I am really a fan of music interpreters.’
‘I’ve [taken] some Brazilian Sign Language classes before, so I was trying to see how she was going to sign every song of that concert,’ he said.
Since the song came out, Cardi B has hit back at critics of the lyrics, saying WAP is meant for ‘adults’ and shouldn’t be heard by children
Since the song came out, Cardi B has hit back at critics of the lyrics, telling Australia’s Kyle and Jackie O Show last year that she thinks the lyrics are ‘normal’ by hip hop standards.
‘The people that the song bothers are usually like conservatives or really religious, fake religious people,’ Cardi B said.
‘I grew up listening to this type of music, so to other people it might be strange and vulgar, but to me it’s almost like really normal.’
She also clarified that WAP is meant for ‘adults’ and shouldn’t be heard by children.
‘It’s like, no of course I don’t want my child to listen to this song and everything, but it’s like, it’s for adults,’ she added.
She said: ‘I really appreciate all the positive comments.
‘The song is about women owning their bodies, their sexuality. I don’t know why me talking about my WAP is offending anyone. Forget what the haters have to say.
‘Sometimes when women speak about sex it makes people feel uncomfortable. It’s 2020, why am I not allowed to talk about my body? Let me talk about what I’m going to do to you.’