Nicki Minaj Says “Shame On” The Media For Criticizing Her “Anaconda” Video

When Nicki Minaj dropped the video for her single “Anaconda,” the Internet was on fire over the sexually charged images presented in the clip. Some people took issue with the rapper “exploiting” her body. While others commended Nicki for what they saw as a Black woman reclaiming her sexuality.
The artist herself spoke about the backlash hurled at “Anaconda” in a new interview with V Magazine. The leader of the Barbz focused most of her own criticism on the media’s reaction to her video.
Nicki said:
If a man did the same video with sexy women in it, no one would care. You’re talking about newspeople who don’t even know anything about hip-hop culture. It’s so disrespectful for them to even comment on something they have no idea about. They don’t say anything when they’re watching the Victoria’s Secret show and seeing boobs and thongs all day. Why? Shame on them. Shame on them for commenting on “Anaconda” and not commenting on the rest of the oversexualized business we’re a part of.

This is the second time Minaj was selected to do a cover story for V. She was also featured in a 2010 article when the Young Money artist was on the cusp of breaking out as a music superstar with her debut album Pink Friday. Nicki’s third LP The Pinkprint is scheduled for release on December 15.