Nicki Minaj Getting Backlash for Recent 'Stripper' Comments

Nicki Minaj is receiving backlash after comments she made in a recent interview aimed at sex workers.

Minaj was speaking to ELLE when she referenced a message she hoped to impart with her upcoming album, Queen.

The rapper said that the key point of her missive is "it being okay to keep your legs closed," adding, "I don't really know how to say that without being offensive" before attempting to explain her thoughts.

"Maybe I was naïve, but I didn't realize how many girls were modern-day prostitutes," she said. "Whether you're a stripper, or whether you're an Instagram girl — these girls are so beautiful and they have so much to offer. But I started finding out that you give them a couple thousand dollars, and you can have sex with them. I was like, 'Yikes.' It's just sad that they don't know their worth. It makes me sad as a woman. And it makes me sad that maybe I've contributed to that in some way."

She also mused on the fact that some of her own actions have the same effect.

"In a lot of ways, I don't know if I'm doing the same thing they're doing, because I'm selling sex appeal," 35-year-old said. "So I can't look down on these girls. I may not be having sex with people, but I'm still selling sex appeal."

When the interviewer noted sex and sex appeal are not the same thing, Minaj responded, "I just don't know if girls who look up to me think that when I'm posting a sexy picture. I'm actually the antithesis of all of that."

She continued, "I'm more of, like, the snobby girl, like the 'Uh, what' type of girl. And I want girls to be like that. I'd rather you be called snobby or a bitch or conceited — I'd rather you be called that than easy, and a ho, and a slut."

Some people on Twitter took Minaj's words to mean that she was shaming sex workers, instantly calling out the rapper for her message.

Others noted that Minaj's words were seemingly at odds with songs in which she had supported sex workers.


Another person called her "hypocritical."

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