When Nicki Minaj released the cover art for her new single, “Anaconda,” the world eagerly awaited the release of the accompanying music video.
Many wondered just how far she would push the envelope. If you have seen the video, you know she pushed it pretty far.
Minaj recently performed at the MTV Video Music Awards, and she has increasingly become a fixture of American popular culture. The feminist statements she makes through her brand seem very intentional.
Chuck Creekmur, CEO of AllHipHop.com, addressed an open letter to Minaj shortly after the infamous cover art was revealed.
Creekmur asked her to consider how young men who are “already conditioned to sexualize girls at a young age” would react to the image of her famous behind in a thong.
It is clear that Creekmur and several other commenters take offense to Nicki Minaj’s agency and choice of sexual expression.
But the issue is not with Minaj’s body. Even Creekmur states in his letter that “as a man,” he “can appreciate the virtues of (Nicki’s) perfect posterior.”
The issue is the need for men to objectify Minaj’s body under any and all circumstances.
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