Laverne Cox Responds To Cardi B’s Transphobic Facebook Post

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Forget the drama with Nicki Minaj, Cardi B has bigger fish to fry these days. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper is under heavy fire for a now-deleted transphobic meme that was posted to her Facebook page. Cardi’s page, which is verified with a blue check mark, posted an image from the cartoon Ed, Edd n Eddy, according to TMZ. One of the show’s characters is looking out of a window while smoking a cigarette and attached is the caption, “I hope nobody see this t****y leave my house.”

The Cardi B Facebook page posted the meme along with several laughing/crying emojis over the weekend but it has since been removed. After the meme started gaining traction and catching the attention of thousands online, Cardi responded to the meme on Twitter.

“It’s come to my attention that there have been offensive posts made on what used to be my Facebook page. For the past year and a half a FORMER team member has been the only one with access to the account,” she commented on the matter.

According to Cardi, she doesn’t run her Facebook account and blamed the inappropriate meme on a former employee.

Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox caught wind of the controversy and also took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the matter. Despite not specifically calling out Cardi B or explaining what she was referring to, it was obvious to her followers.

“I am a huge advocate for free speech but as long as its socially acceptable to make jokes about trans people, to make and share memes disparaging & demeaning trans folks, trans folks will continue to be murdered &denied civil rights,” Laverne tweeted Sunday.

Several hours later, Laverne returned to Twitter to share an article on violence against those in the transgender community and said, “There is an epidemic of violence against trans folks. It’s not new. Lives are on the line.”

TMZ is reporting that Cardi has regained control of her Facebook account and has been posting new material since the transphobic post was pulled down. The rapper has come under fire for using the word “t****y” in the past and admitted she didn’t know it was a word with negative connotations.

“Like I didn’t know that that was a word that you cannot use, especially because my trans friends use it and growing up, my parents never told me that that was a bad word. You know, there’s bad words that your parents teach you that you’re not supposed to say. Nobody taught us that. Nobody taught us that in our school,” she explained during a Twitter live stream back in January.