Uncle Sam, Cardi B has a question.
Cardi B, for those unaware, is a reality TV star who broke out internationally last year with her hit song “Bodak Yellow.”
That song blew up, hitting No. 1 on the charts and being watched more than a half-billion times on YouTube. While selling tracks in the Internet era isn’t as lucrative as it once was, between touring, streaming revenue and other songs on which she made an appearance, it’s clear that Cardi did all right for herself last year.
So much so that she’s now complaining about her taxes.
So here’s a transcript.
“So you know the government is taking 40 percent of my taxes. And, Uncle Sam, I want to know what you’re doing with my f—ing tax money. Because, you know what I’m saying? When you donate, when you donate to a kid from a foreign country, they give you updates of what they’re doing with your donation.”
“I want to know what you’re doing with my f—ing tax money because I’m from New York and the streets are always dirty. We were voted the dirtiest city in America. What are y’all doing? There’s still rats on the damn trains. I know you’re not spending it in no damn prison because y’all be giving [people] two underwear, one jumpsuit for five months. So what are y’all [people] doing with my f—ing money? What is y’all doing with my f—ing money? I want to know. I want receipts.”
Let’s answer this!
First of all, Cardi is blaming Uncle Sam (that is, the federal government) for things that aren’t Sam’s fault.* It’s true that last month New York City was voted the dirtiest in America, which isn’t hugely surprising. But that’s not a federal issue, it’s a city issue.