Could A Twitter Feud Between Candace Owens and Cardi B Lead to a Successful Defamation Lawsuit?

Conservative commentator and best-selling author of “Blackout”, Candace Owens, is threatening to sue Cardi B for slander after a Twitter spat. Owens picked a Twitter fight with the rapper following her performance at the Grammy Awards.

Owens appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox show, “Tonight Monday,” to criticize Cardi and Megan Thee Stallion for their raunchy performance of the song WAP at the Grammys.


Owens called Cardi’s performance an “attack on American values” and a display of “blatant nudity and sexualization.” Owens slammed Cardi for “trying to make children” aspire to “grotesque” things.

After the show aired, Cardi took to Twitter to write, “WE MADE FOX NEWS GUYS !!!” Owens replied, calling the rapper “a cancer cell to culture.” She added that “young black girls” have their “minds poisoned by what you are trying to package and sell to them as empowerment.”

The Twitter war escalated when Cardi B shared a since-deleted tweet allegedly showing Owens revealing that her husband cheated on her with her brother.

Owens responded that the tweet was “clearly photoshopped” and added, “Only one of us has a husband that sleeps around.” The rapper then cited the publications that reported Owens’ alleged tweet, but it did not appear to convince Owens.

Owens threatened to file a lawsuit against Cardi B for “slandering” her brother, who is a private citizen. She also criticized the rapper for mentioning her husband George Farmer’s skin tone. Owens asked Cardi in a tweet, “What color are the people” who own the Grammy’s, CBS, and her record labels and encourage her to “strip in front of the world”?


Owens later confirmed in an interview that she would sue the rapper for libel, according to The Hill. The conservative activist said during her appearance on “The Ingraham Angle” that she was not making “an idle threat.”

Owens is planning to sue Cardi B for attempting to slander her family, and specifically her brother. However, Cardi also threatened to countersue Owens for accusing her of posting “photoshopped” photos.

This wouldn’t be the first time Cardi B faced a lawsuit. The rapper was sued in December 2020 for allegedly using a man’s back tattoo on her album cover without his permission.

U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney in California refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Cardi, alleging that she used plaintiff Kevin Michael Brophy Jr.’s back tattoo in a sexualized picture on her album cover. The plaintiff, who has a tiger battling a snake inked on his back, accused Cardi of using his tattoo without his permission for her album cover.

The album cover showed a man with a distinctive tattoo apparently performing oral sex on the rapper. The man was depicted with a tattoo that resembles the plaintiff’s full-back tattoo.

Brophy sued Cardi B for violation of the right to publicity, false light-invasion of privacy, and misappropriation of likeness or identity. Cardi’s lawyers argued that the depiction of the tattoo on the album cover was a transformative fair use.

What do you think? If Cardi B accidentally retweeted a fake, photoshopped Tweet about Candace Owens, should she be liable for defamation?

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