Nicki Minaj has a sitcom coming out on ABC, and as a "joke" Ellen DeGeneres created a little parody/preview. In it, a child who is supposed to be a young Nicki Minaj also has a big butt. So does her mom and dad. So does their dog. That's it. The joke is that they have big butts.
Ellen/Nicki Minaj SKit
Yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres aired a skit about an upcoming sitcom around Nicki Minaj's childhood. It featured a little black girl, a black woman and man with extremely large butts. Watch below, and you tell us whether you think sexualizing little black girls is okay. #SOUNDOFFPosted by Colorlines on Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Okay, Nicki Minaj is known for having a large butt. A part of her public image is celebrating her voluptuous and sexy body in explicit ways. But is that really all there is to know about her? As Gawker points out, this is pretty crazy:
It was a joke, see, except...what exactly was the joke? That Nicki Minaj has a big butt? (OK, fine, but that’s just the truth, not really...a joke?) That black people have big butts? That black dogs have big butts? That black women’s bodies are absurd?
It’s a joke, except it reduces Nicki Minaj to just an ass. She’s served us lots of ass, but so much more than that, too. She’s given us plenty of quirks, plenty of attitude, plenty of facial ticks, plenty of wigs. This skit is at least lazy, at least casually racist.
Even if Ellen DeGeneres or whichever writer is getting fired/having a very bad day today created this bit without racist malice, many are astounded that no one thought twice about having a little girl bend over to show her ass. Nicki Minaj flaunting her body as a grown woman is not the same thing as a child doing it. At the very least, it's fair to say this skit was not a laugh riot.
Nicki has appeared on Ellen many times, and Ellen even did a version of Minaj's Anaconda video, where again she seems somewhat more reasonably fascinated by butts. Maybe Minaj will come on tomorrow and say it's all cool. Orrrrrrrrr, "Ellen, what's good?"