You Haven’t Heard “WAP” Until You’ve Seen It in Sign Language

A video of a sign language interpreter signing along to the raunchy track at Lollapalooza has gone viral

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion perform at the Grammy's
"WAP" in sign language is probably pretty much what you'd imagine.
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A year after Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion graced and/or shocked the world with their controversial mega-hit “WAP” last summer, the track is still making headlines — this time not for offending any pearl-clutching politicians or otherwise “freaking men the hell out,” but for a sign language rendition that stole the show during a performance of the song at Lollapalooza.

A video of American Sign Language interpreter Kelly Kurdi signing along to the notoriously raunchy song as Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B performed has gone viral on TikTok. Perhaps unsurprisingly, an ASL interpretation of the song results in some pretty risqué motions, particularly over lyrics like, “I don’t wanna spit, I wanna gulp / I wanna gag, I wanna choke / I want you to touch that lil’ dangly thing that swing in the back of my throat.” You can probably imagine what those signs might entail, but if you’d like to see for yourself, here’s the video, which racked up thousands of views on Twitter after the millions it originally amassed on TikTok.

Kurdi has since addressed the viral video, giving a shoutout to the original creator of the “WAP” interpretation, Raven Sutton, who shared her ASL interpretation of the song on Instagram shortly after the hit track first dropped last year.

“Thanks for the love on my page from hearing people but I’m just an interpreter passionate about providing access to a community I love and have learned everything from,” Kurdi wrote in an Instagram post. “If you’re new to my page you’ll quickly see this is a space meant to amplify the work of Deaf creators and to provide access to social media content for the Deaf community. I’m a hearing interpreter so I do not teach,” Kurdi added, using the rest of the post to highlight and tag a number of Deaf ASL teachers, influencers and content creators.

“If you’re still wondering why deaf and hard of hearing people go to concerts, follow these pages and learn something new,” she continued. “Seeing an interpreter at a concert shouldn’t be shocking. Seeing a deaf interpreter on tour with every artist should be the norm!”

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