Cardi B Spent an Insane Amount of Money on COVID Testing While Filming the ‘WAP’ Video

The music video for Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s song “WAP” has turned more than a few heads. It has been a source of praise and controversy since it dropped, which is probably exactly what Cardi and Megan wanted.

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A lot went into making the video, including multiple safety precautions. To ensure that no one contracted coronavirus (COVID-19) while on set, Cardi spent a huge amount of money on COVID testing.

The ‘WAP’ video

Before the video was released, Cardi spoke to Apple Music’s New Music Daily to prepare people for the kind of video they were about to see. She basically wanted the video to celebrate a variety of women.

“I wanted a lot of different females, not just female rappers. I wanted different… A lot of different people,” she said. “And y’all going to see it on the music video as well, from models to influencers and everything. And I really wanted the video to be very sexy, very clean, very nice, very cute. All right, we need some female artists, rappers. And I’m like, ‘These are the girls that I personally like. That I like they music. That I really feel they are going to go mainstream, to me.’ All the girls right here, there’s different things that I like about them. That’s why I said about variety.”

One of the women included in the video was Kylie Jenner. Fans were not too pleased to see the youngest member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan in the video and created a petition to get her edited out of it.

Cardi defended having Jenner in the video in a now-deleted tweet captured by Hollywood Unlocked.

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“She treated my sister and daughter so lovely at her kid [sic] birthday party,” she wrote. “Travis and Set are real close and Kris Jenner have given me advice on certain things I ask for and her husband real cool with mine.”

Safety precations for ‘WAP’

This was Cardi’s first video that she has shot since the corona pandemic began.

“It was kind of weird shooting the video in the age of corona,” she told i-D “We had to spend $100,000 dollars just on testing. Everybody on the shoot had to get tested for coronavirus.”

And it’s not just the way they did the video that had to be adjusted, for Cardi, pretty much everything about her job has had to change.

“Everything has completely changed because of the pandemic,” she said. “I was constantly on the road, now I’m mostly at home with my baby. Everything that I had planned for this year has to be rescheduled for God knows when. So it’s just crazy, it’s a lot.”

There were a few scenes that featured exotic animals and even those weren’t able to be filmed as they normally would have been.

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“We had a tiger and a leopard there, but we didn’t film with them in there because of safety and because of the pandemic,” she said. “We spliced those scenes together.”

Though the video was shot safely, that didn’t stop it from being a source of controversy. Tiger King star Carole Baskin has criticized the music video for harming big cats and other artists like CeeLo Green have called the song “problematic.”