Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj caught a lot of flack online and off when she revealed the cover art for her latest single, ‘Lookin Ass Nigga’.
The photo sparked huge backlash for the controversial rapper.
A Change.org petition was created, which drew thousands of signatures, urging a boycott to stop her from ”dishonoring the life and contributions of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century.”
Another petition was created by activist Kevin Powell, who made the point that Malcolm X’s reason for carrying a gun (because he was justifiably afraid for his life) isn’t comparable to Minaj’s sexualized use of guns in her video for the song.
After feeling the heat, Nicki decided to pull the cover and offered an apology online.
Here’s what she has to say…
Via a statement post to her Instagram page, Nicki Minaj states:
What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass Niggaz? Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single. I am in the video shooting at Lookin Ass Niggaz and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!! It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy.
I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. The word “nigga” causes so much debate in our community while the “nigga” behavior gets praised and worship. Let’s not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for u. The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you
What do you think of Nicki Minaj’s online apology?