Cardi B Was Called Out For Describing Her Daughter’s Eyes As “Chinky,” And It Was A Teachable Moment For Everyone

Cardi B Was Called Out For Describing Her Daughter’s Eyes As “Chinky,” And It Was A Teachable Moment For Everyone

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“I didn’t know that chinky eyes was a slur.”

On Saturday, Cardi B uploaded an Instagram photo to show what her daughter, Kulture, may look like in the future.

Cardi B poses with her daughter while wearing matching vibrant outfits


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The now-deleted post used a superimposed image of Cardi and her husband, rapper Offset to reveal future Kulture. “So, this how [Kulture] finna look? I love it,” Cardi wrote.

Cardi B puckers her lips to make a kissy face pose while holding her daughter


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When one fan pointed out that the composite photo looked a lot like Cardi’s sister, Hennessy, she replied, “I think cause Hennessy got chinky eyes like Offset and so [does Kulture]. It’s the only [thing] I could think of.”

Her “chinky eyes” comment was immediately called out.

A fan questions Cardi B's use of the word chinky


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For context, “chink eyes” is a racist and derogatory term often used by non-Asians as a slur against Asian ethnic groups. In 2016, it became a trend for some Instagram users to use “chink” or “chinky eyes” when describing their slanted eyes in selfies.

Some fans questioned if Cardi even realized the offense of what she’d just written:

A fan asks

This fan educated the 27-year-old and explained that the term is considered to be a racial slur:

A fan writes,

“Cardi, I love you girl, but really? Chinky? We all need to do better,” another fan wrote.

One fan did come to Cardi’s defense, writing, “she means almond-shaped. I doubt she meant to be racist.”

However, as this fan pointed out, “Impact matters more than intention. Just because she didn’t ‘mean to say something racist’ doesn’t mean it can’t be taken that way by marginalized people.”

It didn’t take long for Cardi to catch wind of the backlash, and the “Press” rapper took to Twitter to admit that she “didn’t know chinky eyes was a slur.”


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“I don’t know fuckin’ everything,” she tweeted in a now-deleted post. “We don’t even use that as [an] insult and I don’t use it as [an] insult. I’m sick of the internet.”

Since then, several other fans have come forward admitting they also didn’t know “chinky eyes” was an offensive term:

@iamcardib I say my daughter has chinky eyes all the time I thought it meant chinked as I’m pinched u know? I guess not 😳

@iamcardib I say my daughter has chinky eyes all the time I thought it meant chinked as I’m pinched u know? I guess not 😳

Here’s to hoping that Cardi B and everyone else was able to learn from the moment and will do better going forward.

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