Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” as everyone hopefully knows by now, is a loving ode to a woman uniting with a man in emotional, spiritual, and economic matters, the latter of which involves cooking crack cocaine. Aside from being an excellent song that perfectly melds romance with nihilism, a new Change.org petition posits that “Trap Queen” is the ideal funeral song for Nancy Reagan, who died on March 6 at the age of 94, and that Fetty ought to be able to perform it—because, the petition states, she “holds the important legacy as being the most famous Trap Queen in American history.”
Did Reagan cook pies with her baby, you might ask? Not exactly, asserts the petition, via Complex. Instead, her and her husband’s policies towards drug laws in the 1980s created the environment in which a song like “Trap Queen” would not just exist but flourish as an anthem:
While her husband, Ronald Reagan, was linking up with Papi to flood the streets with narcotics, Nancy was on TV telling kids to “Say No To Drugs.” Her infamous “anti-drug” phrase encouraged strict laws on drug possession that led to a school-to-prison pipeline we’re still dealing with now. Blacks and Latinos went to jail in droves for possessing drugs her husband gave them. It was an incredible sleight of hand that would make any wannabe Trap Queen hide in shame for her inability to be as diabolical as Nancy.
Reagan did a lot of things in the 1980s—including, it is assumed, having a key role in shaping her husband’s conservative policies, as well as pioneering the “Just Say No” program for kids to learn that the easiest way to avoid drugs was to “just say no,” as opposed to, say, be born into communities that weren’t targeted in the CIA-crack cocaine scandal. As we know now, “Just Say No” didn’t work in any quantifiable way, and goes down in history with the D.A.R.E. program as the least effective attempt at drug prevention in American history—so much that as early as the 1990s it had moved into the realm of kitsch and absurdity, something flaccid and disconnected to bitterly mock. And so, if you’d like Fetty to play “Trap Queen” at Reagan’s funeral, sign this petition. “i’m signing,” explains supporter Morgan Stewart of Louisville, KY, “because i ‘just said no’ to not signing it.”
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