International rapper Nicki Minaj has left her fans very confused after an excerpt of her ELLE Magazine interview where she claims it's "okay to keep your legs closed" was shared on social media.
Her comments came as a shock to the Barbz and her casual fans, as the 'Only' hitmaker built her career on being sex-positive and empowering women to do whatever they want with their bodies.
During the interview she also made reference to "modern-day prostitutes: She said: "I didn't realise how many girls were modern-day prostitutes ... Whether you’re a stripper, or whether you’re an Instagram girl —these girls are so beautiful and they have so much to offer."
Adding that her selling sex appeal is different from selling sex.
Wow. Nicki got really honest about the impact of her sexual image. I've never heard her be this candid about it. pic.twitter.com/8dsg9u43Yj— Blaccbrry (@bIaccbrry) June 13, 2018
News of Minaj's newfound "know your worth" ideology comes days after the release of her promo single, "Rich Sex", on Monday — which includes lyrics such as "A-a-a** out, p***y fat, point me to a rich n**ga".
Minaj also feels that she may have contributed to the influx of girls who "sell" sex appeal online.
The contradictory nature of her music and the interview set Twitterverse on fire, and many questioned if Minaj is going through an identity crisis.
were the barbs not trying to end cardi's career for queerphobia (that nicki has been guilty of too in the past btw)? why is it a problem now for the barbs when nicki being dragged for slut shaming/shaming sex workers? pic.twitter.com/09MEpEKkCh— emotional shawty (@King_Alu) June 13, 2018
What Nicki is practicing is called lateral whorephobia, where women who sell sex/sexual content in one way soothe themselves by shaming those who sell it in a different way.— ha ho nyowa ha ho nyowe (@Neo_url) June 13, 2018
uhhhhhhhhh pic.twitter.com/nAgrrcLAVC— baldheadskittlededdleaintgotnohairinthemiddle (@pvnini) June 13, 2018
So when she was calling herself Nicki Lewinsky and she would top off Wayne, what was she selling? Her last name in her rap name is a play on words of a sexual act. She should just say she can't sell sex better than a girl who was a sex workers.— JayReddington (@JayAllDay) June 13, 2018
Nicki callled her album Queen and bout to drop mad respectability bars. Yikes— Free Range Rooster (@HumbleTeej) June 13, 2018
Only folks on my tl i see criticizing Nicki for her interview are folks that rode for her from the jump. done had her as their AVI. their usernames. been tweeting lyrics, etc. so you gone have to find another deflection besides “yall just wanna be mad/are haters” to gaslight with— #ElTri (@Ilcapitano94) June 13, 2018
Not to mention the song she just released, called rich sex, which is literally about sex for Money— curlyq (@ciaaunahenry) June 13, 2018
Anyways, Nicki should really work to word her thoughts better because I know she had no intentions of slut shaming. Discussing topics like this is like walking through a mine field. Barbz, saying stuff like you don’t feel bad for sluts doesn’t help, and that’s that on that. pic.twitter.com/SUFK3Fv0DW— Shahem . (@PettyNegr0) June 14, 2018
Nicki Minaj’s “Party years” are over. @RationalMale already hip schooled me. Of course she is going to look down on women that youth/sex wise can be her competition.— fake PHILOSOPHY (@EST_1389_MAD) June 14, 2018
She’s ready for a king now conveniently as she becomes older.
Problem is, women not in her position can’t be https://t.co/IdpFeoPOtV
Nicki Minaj really sat in that interview & shamed the exact kind of women who go the hardest for her. I do not understand.— tsunami taj (@EverythingTaj) June 14, 2018
Twitter user @SoualiganAmazon made a thread breaking down the problematic nature of the "Chun Li" hitmakers statements, emphasising that Minaj has centred her career around the male gaze when it came to sex-related things.
So much of Nicki’s work centered the male gaze when it came to things sex related but she rode the ”sex posi feminism, whew!” bus so that no would would call her an attention loving, hood rat “whore”. Now it’s “know your worth”.— My name is Phoenix (@SoualiganAmazon) June 13, 2018
Clearly you knew your worth when you sold your sexuality & changed your image to clime to the top, Barbie.
And you know what, it’s yours to sell. No hate. Make your bread.— My name is Phoenix (@SoualiganAmazon) June 13, 2018
What you NOT gone do is shame & police women for also using their sexuality to eat.
Lmao and it’s NO coincidence that she mentions IG girls & strippers but I am sleep.— My name is Phoenix (@SoualiganAmazon) June 13, 2018
We had a whole decade of Nicki presenting herself as an object rather than a subject even when she had creative control but now it’s •your sexuality isn’t a commodity• OK
A lot of the rapper girls that are coming up/are popular on IG have pasts as sex workers. More than one have shared their stories of homelessness ect.— My name is Phoenix (@SoualiganAmazon) June 13, 2018
Onika just sounds pressed.