Nicki Minaj posted a well-known photo of Malcolm X with a rifle in his hands - as well as a racial slur on the photo - on her website page and her Instagram page on Wednesday. She received horrendous criticism for doing the posts. Nicki Minaj used the Malcolm X image and for her new song which is titled “Lookin A—N---a,” according to a Yahoo! News report on Thursday.
Following the social media blow-up in which many saw her postings as disrespectful to Malcolm X, she apologized the day after her postings appeared. Her apology on her Instagram page was made to the estate of Malcolm X. Her apology said that the artwork accompanying the song is in no way to undermine Malcolm X’s legacy. She stated that specifically that it was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. “This is a conversation. Not a single.” She said she apologizes to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. And that she has nothing but respect and adoration for him.
But Minaj didn’t let it go there. She was obviously confused by the uproar by turning the concern around on her web page and Instagram readers. She asked, “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 A- N---a? I am in the video shooting it and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!”
The song surrounding the online issues, according to Minaj, is supposed to empower women – and the way Minaj does that is to write a song which bashes males. Confusingly, in spite of the seriousness of the topic, she claims the song was written to have fun and not be disrespectful.