Milwaukee County Supervisor Ryan Clancy thought he had come up with a clever way to draw attention to the county's Weatherization Assistance Program. Clancy wrote a Facebook post about the program, accompanied by a picture of rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion from the music video for "WAP," a song so vivid and explicit in its description of female sexual fantasies that we can't even explain the title.
Clancy even took a line from the intro and outro of the raunchy song — "there's some whores in this house" — and changed it to "there's some holes in this house. To many, the joke fell flat, and the folks with the weatherization program asked the first-term County Board member to take down the picture of the two rappers.
The program provides low-income homeowners and renters with energy efficiency improvements to reduce the cost of their utility bills. Clancy eventually did as he was asked and is now apologizing for his bungling attempt to help promote the important government program.
That's reflected in the comments on his Facebook. Said another, "White male politician puts out an announcement about a weatherization assistance program using sexualized black women's bodies to get attention.
What upset Clancy the most was the reaction the people who run the program got.
Some callers were upset, and a few even wanted to know if the Cardi B picture was the official graphic for the program. Given the often strained relationship between the state and Milwaukee County, Clancy said the last thing he wanted was for the state to cut funding to the program because of his little joke.
For the record, though, Clancy said he is a "huge fan" of the song, which has attracted more than million views on YouTubeand the message behind it. But he acknowledged it was pretty dicey for a public official, even a young one, to post something like this on his official Facebook .
I'll certainly proceed more carefully with something like that in the future. Contact Daniel Bice at or dbice jrn.
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