Dear Twitter: Cardi B Using ‘Twink’ Is Not an Anti-Gay Slur

I can't believe this has to be said, but "twink" is not actually a substitute for "faggot."

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Cardi B called out white twinks on Twitter for stirring up shit, and white twinks of Twitter responded by stirring up shit.

After immediately getting chastised for using “twinks” as a straight woman, Cardi B doubled down.

Her replies were divided almost evenly between people agreeing that young, gay stans have had long, complicated relationships with female performers and in particular BIPOC female performers, and those who have grown up in so much privilege that they equate Cardi B using twink to someone using faggot.

They are not the same!

Pointing out that a very specific fan base is disrespectful is not homophobic. Using the word “twink” is not hate speech. We are living in an upside down world that is capable of raging equally against Cardi B calling white twinks problematic and against the murders of trans women of color. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before social justice warriors are shaming that toilet paper company for making bears seem like they can’t even wipe their own ass.

Until we relearn the importance of the benefit of the doubt, of intention, and of nuance, we have no business attacking anyone. Unless someone talks shit about the new Gossip Girl. They deserve our rage.

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