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In a recent interview with Marie Claire, rapper Nicki Minaj opened up about the racist double standard she has observed in Hollywood between black women and white women. She used Kanye West's 2005 hit "Gold Digger" as an example.

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I’m so tired of black women feeling that when our men get rich, they’re going to leave them for a woman of a different race. It wasn’t funny when Kanye said [in his 2005 hit ‘Gold Digger’], ‘When he get on, he’ll leave your ass for a white girl’ — and Kanye happens to be with a white girl now. It wasn’t funny when he said it; it was the f--king truth.

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Speaking of Mrs. West, Nicki went on to discuss how Kim Kardashian's naked photo "scandal" also exposed an ugly double standard amongst white women and black women. After Kardashian posted the pictures, she was met with outpouring of support from women who deemed it empowering. But Minaj noted that women of color are hardly ever met with such a positive response.

When Kim Kardashian’s naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite. So it wasn’t trashy and raunchy when a white woman did it, but it was when a black woman did it? It’s quite pathetic and sad, but that is my reality, and I’ve gotten accustomed to just shutting it down.

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Minaj has often been criticized slut-shamed for her overt sexuality, unabashed twerking and expletive-filled lyrics, but has never been shy about calling out the injustices she faces as a woman of color. You can say a lot of things about Minaj, but you can never accuse her of not speaking her mind.

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