Perhaps that’s what Nicki Minaj wanted everyone to think when she posted this [NSFW] promotion pic on her Instagram the other day, for her new song, “Anaconda”. Nicki was attacked for the pic, with many saying it was too racy. Nicki then defended herself by posting a variety of pics where women were shown in tiny bikinis and labeled them “acceptable”. Most of these pics were from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.
Here’s my thing. There are plenty of female artists out there that resort to this level of…promotion? Sure, let’s go with that. I don’t know when we arrived at this place in society where most female singers/rappers feel they need to bare so much skin. I can’t say if her cover art is wrong, unacceptable or whatever, but I will say that I’m SO over the shameless display of T&A to sell one’s music. I have to admit that I’m even over Lady Gaga and the crazy outfits. All the extra things female artists do to sell their music is so unnecessary. Call me old-fashioned, but I’d rather hear your voice than see your body. #thanksbutnothanks So, on the one hand, I want to say, “Put some clothes on!!!!” ladies! I’ve realized how most of the female singers I like these days, keep their clothes on and/or show very, very little skin.
However, in Nicki’s defense, I will say she’s got a point with the pics she posted. If you think about it, why are those pics fine (fine enough to put on a couple covers of a major magazine), but hers is not? Is it because her bum is, well, more bodacious than the other women? Is it a racial thing? (By the way, I don’t like bringing up race, but sometimes, it seems like it’s the best possible answer.) I don’t know what it is, but it is quite odd that her photo caused such a stir, when there have been so many instances of bare rears already. One would think that we are very used to seeing scantily clad women these days, especially with the popularity of Instagram. Everyone’s a model, huh? smh.
Anyway, what are your thoughts on the photo? Should everyone be up in arms about it? Or, is it really that distasteful? Word on the street is, Nicki’s moving back the drop date of her song. Wonder why? Too much flack for the photo? Hmmm, I guess we’ll find out.