The recent Nicki Minaj Malcolm X artwork for the singer’s new song prompted her to apology for using it with a racial slur on Feb. 12. Minaj certainly knows how to start controversy, but this is only the first time the singer went this far.
After the singer posted the photo Wednesday on Instagram page, she immediately received criticism for how she used the Malcolm X image. It’s for her new song “Lookin (Expletive) (Expletive).” The title uses the N-word.
After she was roundly criticized on social media circles and beyond for what many saw as disrespect to a revered icon, she offered an apology Thursday.
She also said that the Minaj’s Malcolm X artwork “is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy.”
“That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single,” she wrote. “I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. … I have nothing but respect (and) adoration for u.”
Still, she sounded exasperated that people were even upset over the issue.
“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 (expletive expletive)?” the 31-year-old asked in her post. “I am in the video shooting (the song) and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!!”
“Lookin” is male-bashing song. The photo of Malcolm X holding the rifle was taken when he was trying to protect his family from death threats (his home had been firebombed).
A Change.org petition was issued Thursday, encouraging the rapper to change the Nicki Minaj Malcolm X cover artwork.
Minaj’s personal representative declined to comment and a rep for her record labels, Republic and Cash Money Records, didn’t return emails seeking comment. A lawyer for Malcolm X’s children also didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press.
The Nicki Minaj’s picture was deleted from her Instagram account. That was quick.