Words by Danielle Perry
Latina superstar Camila Cabello has come a long way from being in Fifth Harmony. With a number 1 single “Havana” topping the Billboard hot 100 and a new album, Camila, there is no limit to what this young woman can do. However, a recent moment at the 2018 Grammys may have thrown the singer into a tailspin.
During the 2018 Grammy Awards, Cabello was an award presenter and made a speech specifically targeting young DREAMers as a jab to President Trump’s administration for phasing out previous legislation that allowed undocumented immigrants to enter the country as minors to receive a two-year period of action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. In the middle of her speech, Cabello made a statement, standing in solidarity with those DREAMers.
“Tonight in this room full of music’s dreamers, we remember that this country was built by dreamers for dreamers chasing the American dream”, Cabello said.
The statement did not sit well for Blue Ivy as the six-year-old calmly shushed parents Beyonce and Jay-Z from clapping as a response. This infamous moment became a firestorm on social media with people creating memes, referencing the hand gesture that Blue Ivy used to calm her parents down.
A month later, Cabello did an interview with BBC Radio-1, addressing the faithful moment of Blue Ivy calming Beyonce and Jay-Z down with her hand.
“I had a moment of insecurity… I surprised myself. I was like what does that mean? I’m not going to go into this big wormhole of ‘do you like my speech’, like what do you think?”, Cabello said.
At that moment, Cabello assumed Blue did not like her speech and felt that Blue would like her.
“She would like me… kids like me”, Cabello responded.
According to BBC host Grimmy, he saw the moment completely different.
“I think what she was doing was she was over the applause interrupting your speech–I think she was saying to her Mum and Dad, ‘stop, she’s not finished’–just be cool, be cool”, Grimmy said.
Whatever Blue Ivy’s intentions were that night with the hand gesture, it surely had Twitter in a mood for 2018.