In honor of Weatherization Day on October 30, Milwaukee County Supervisor Ryan Clancy wanted to tout the success and importance of the Weatherization Assistance Program on Facebook.

As one would do in 2020, he decided to use memes to get his point across, referencing the chart-topping hit "WAP" from Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.

In a reference to weatherizing homes for the winter, Clancy's meme's switched out the original "hoes" with "holes."

Unfortunately, his attempt at humor was not well-received by conservative members of his community, forcing him to apologize in a subsequent Facebook post.

"My original sharing of this press release contained an image which did not accompany the original text. My embellishment of that press release was meant to draw attention to both this excellent program and to a song which has at its core a message about empowerment, reclaiming and destigmatization," Clancy wrote.

"It landed badly. I’m deeply sorry that this added burdens of time and emotion to the exceptional staff that run this program, and I hope that nobody has mistaken my conduct for theirs," he added, before diving into more information about the Weatherization Assistance Program how people can weatherize their homes.

 

According to local news outlet TMJ4, the program helps Milwaukee County residents with heating and electric bills through a one-time, annual payment for qualified applicants. 

People on Twitter questioned why Clancy was forced to take it down and apologize considering it was a simple effort to appeal to more people about the program. 

"Sounds like it got the message out. Should get a pat on the back," wrote one Twitter user.

"As a retired hoe, who lives with holes in my house, I think this is witty and on trend," Someone jokingly wrote, on Facebook, according to the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal. 

Clancy spoke to the newspaper and apologized further after other Facebook comments criticized him for sexualizing "Black women's bodies to get attention" for the Weatherization Assistance Program.

"What I was hoping to do was both to draw attention to a really good program phenomenally run by Black women here at the county while also trying to make reference to a song which, at its core, has to do with empowerment, reclaiming language and destigmatization. It didn't land well," he said echoing his initial apology on twitter. 

"It's one thing to make a pop reference and try to be cheeky about things. I was gutted that my attempt to do something good ended up hurting people. I'll certainly proceed more carefully with something like that in the future," Clancy added.