Paparazzi and celebrities have always had a complicated relationship. Most celebrities would consider paparazzi to be vultures who use other people’s fame to make money, often making celebrities feel uncomfortable or intruded upon. It seems every year there is some celebrity who gets into an altercation with a paparazzi.
Most stories about a celebrity attacking a paparazzi start because the paparazzi took it too far, saying or doing something they knew would irk the celebrity. It’s exactly the type of conduct paparazzi have learned to be effective to get the shots that they want. In the end, the paparazzi always wins.
That being said, there are many celebrities who paparazzi know not to mess with. Do you think Tekashi 6ix9ine has paparazzi get in his face and be rude? Probably not. Another name you can put on that list is Cardi B, the outspoken rapper who isn’t likely to take any guff from anyone, which is exactly what happened recently.
The paparazzi swarm at the airport
The encounter all started after Cardi B landed in Sydney, Australia for a holiday gig for New Years. As can be understood, Cardi B wasn’t feeling like being swarmed by photographers after landing from the long flight, but that didn’t stop the swarm of photographer from being there. They knew she would be landing, so they were ready to pounce. Unfortunately for them, she had her head covered.
That’s when one of the photographers shouted, “You’re in Sydney now, mate, you’re in Australia. It’s our rules, not yours, buddy. Our rules, not yours. Be clear on that. What’s going on with the blanket, Cardi? You got an identity crisis or something? Give the fans a picture, Cardi.” Cardi B asked him to leave her alone, but they persisted. A female photographer said, “No wonder your husband left ya.”
Cardi’s Publicist Steps In
The female reporters comments come on the heels of Cardi B and her husband Offset breaking off their marriage. Together they have a daughter named Kulture. According to Cardi via her Instagram, “So as soon as I got here, you know, paparazzi’s all in my face, and I get that, I understand that. But what didn’t sit well with me was this man telling me, ‘You’re in Australia now…you’re playing by our rules. It don’t sit well with me when a white man tells me that s–t. Like, excuse me? Sir…you think this is the 1800s? Are you crazy? Like, do you think that people are still getting oppressed or something?”
Cardi B’s publicist, Patientce Foster, got in the female photographers face and threatened to hit her, warning her to watch her mouth.
Cardi B defends her and her publicist’s actions
Although Cardi B’s publicist didn’t physically assault the paparazzi, the threat caused somewhat of a stir. Cardi B explained the situation further on her Instagram, “Then this old lady, she keep asking for a picture but I’m like literally covering my face. Then she says something rude, disrespectful to me, like, ‘Oh, that’s why your husband cheated on you,’ and that’s when my publicist got in her face. And you know what she did? [The woman] acted like she was so scared, like a victim, ‘Oh my God, oh my God.'”
As far as Foster herself, on her own Instagram she said, “Understand me. Won’t no job ‘title’ ever change me or who I am! I will always defend myself, and the people around me! What’s ‘professional’ to you don’t mean to s–t to me! PERIOD! Any of you bishes in my situation would have been folded! You hoes out here getting ran down on everyday! Don’t be mad at me for defending mines, be made that you the type with ‘best friends’ that let you get beat up!”