Update: Cardi B Demands Fans Stop Harassing Her Publicist For Helping Offset
Rolling Loud co-founder Tariq Cherif denies the festival's involvement.
Update: 12:45 pm ET (Dec. 17, 2018) – Cardi B is jumping to her publicist's defense after fans have reportedly been criticizing her for aiding in Offset's interruption during the rapper's Rolling Loud performance.
"Y'all expect me to be okay with y'all dragging her because y'all don't agree with some shit?" she said in a video Cardi posted on social media. "She was trying to help a man that was telling her like, yo, I love my wife. Please help me get my wife. She told me what happened. I'm not gonna let y'all drag my bitch for that. Y'all buggin' and thuggin."
The "I Like It" artist also posted a message on her Instagram Stories, telling anyone that has something to say about her publicist to "eat a d**k." Check out the video message below.
Original story below...
Cardi B's headlining set at the Rolling Loud Festival in Los Angeles came to a shocking conclusion on Dec. 15, after her ex Offset crashed her performance to deliver yet another public apology for his infidelity. Twitter instantly erupted with some debating whether the stunt was appropriate and others pointing the finger at festival organizers for allowing Offset to steal Cardi's shine. Despite fan assumptions, Rolling Loud co-founder, Tariq Cherif stated that they were in no way involved in the surprise appearance.
In a statement to Complex, Cherif said the festival has no control over who takes the stage during the scheduled artist's set. "Headliners and their teams have full control of the stage and who is allowed on it during their set at Rolling Loud," he said. "The festival does not interfere with or influence a headliner’s set list. We have never and will never do anything to change a headliner's set."
Cherif also stated that they were aware that Cardi would have a surprise in store for her performance, but were unaware of the details. "We were tipped off that something was going to happen, but had nothing to do with the organization or execution of it," he continued. "Rolling Loud is proud to provide the platform for a queen like Cardi B to absolutely slay her performance. Despite the stunt, she performed hit after hit and electrified the crowd with her talent, energy, choreography, and set design."
While Cherif noted that the festival wasn't responsible for the mishap, he said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that Cardi B's team was aware of the surprise. Organizers also reportedly sent a direct message to the Bronx rapper on Instagram shortly after the incident to apologize.
In addition to being accused of facilitating Offset's appearance at the time, many critics also accused Rolling Loud of hyping up the situation on Twitter. Fans cited various tweets from the festival's page – in which they seemed to be applauding Offset – as evidence that they were involved. Cherif attributed the tweets to "bad intel."
"We were tipped off that Cardi was going to have multiple surprise guests, corroborated by what she said in her IG Live. One of specific guests we were told about didn’t end up showing up so we deleted the tweet, which is standard for us when things change as the night goes on," he told Complex. "Deleting old tweets with bad intel isn’t usually alarming but once we realized that we were getting dragged for the surprise interruption, we panicked and deleted the tweet bc we knew it was going to make things look worse. In hindsight, deleting those tweets actually made us look worse. We recognize that it was a poor decision."
Cardi B and Offset have both spoken out about the situation. Cardi asked that people respect her ex, while Offset explained that his public apology was a result of his infidelities being publicly revealed. No matter what parties were involved in the stunt, it's unfortunate Cardi's Rolling Loud set couldn't just be about her.