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    This was the first live performance of the song "WAP" (wet-a** p***y), which was released last summer and became the subject of heated debates. Despite its provocative title and lyrics, the song enjoyed immense success and continues to be on the list of most listened to tracks in the United States, according to Apple Music.

    Rapper Cardi B has been chastised for her raunchy performance at the 63rd Grammy Awards, with one organisation calling it "hardcore" porn and normalisation of porn culture. During the first live performance of the controversial song "WAP", backup dancers laid on stage with their legs spread wide open.

    ​While the backup dancers were doing their thing Cardi B mimicked sex acts with her fellow performer Megan Thee Stallion on a giant bed.

    ​Conservative black activist Candace Owens said parents should be "terrified" that this is the direction US society is heading towards and contended that the performance was weakening the country.

    "It feels like that we're looking at corrosion, like we're about to see the end of the empire. Virtually, what we were looking at last night was a lesbian sex scene being simulated on television, and this is considered feminist. This feels more sinister. This is starting to me to seem like it's not even left or right, it's not a political issue. This seems like an attack on American values, American traditions, and you're actually actively trying to make children aspire to things that are grotesque", Owens said.

    The National Centre on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) said the performance "propagated regressive themes that are detrimental to progress in fighting sexual abuse, exploitation, and oppression".

    ​Many social media users were also not too keen on the performance and criticised mainstream media's double standards.

    ​Some users drew attention to the recent withdrawal of books by children's author Dr. Seuss. The books were removed from publication over "racially insensitive imagery".

    ​Despite heavy criticism, it seems quite a few people enjoyed the performance. The video has been viewed almost 4 million times since it was uploaded on Monday. Responding to the criticism, Cardi B said there was no correlation between her performance and the banning of "racist" books.

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