Nicki Minaj femme-shames Young Thug and uses the anti-gay term ‘sissies’.
American rapper Nicki Minaj released her highly-anticipated fourth studio album Queen last Friday after several delays, and while it’s obliterated records, it’s been criticised for its “homophobic” and “femmephobic” lyrics.
On the widely-acclaimed track, Barbie Dreams – which will serve as the third single from the record – the 35-year-old performer femme-shames fellow rapper Young Thug for wearing dresses.
She raps: “Used to fuck with Young Thug / I ain’t addressing this shit / caught him in my dressing room / stealing dresses and shit / I used to give this ni**a with a lisp testers and shit / how you want the pu-thy? / can’t say s’s and shit.”
And on Majesty, featuring Eminem and Labinth, Nicki raps: “Who want it with Nicki now? / I smoke ‘em like hippies now / they see me say ‘Yippie’ now / home runnin’ like Griffey now / they switchin’ like sissies now / you n***as is iffy now.”
The lyric references her 2008 track, Dead Wrong, where she states: “First they love you / then they switch / yeah, they switch like faggots / that’s why I keep the llamas in Gabbana’s fabrics.”
Understandably, fans on social media were disappointed with Nicki’s use of language.
“You have fans across the world who are lgbtq and who are persecuted for being themselves,” one tweeted. “And on your platform you use homophobic language? When queer folks are the ones on here defending you the hardest?”
Nicki Minaj: homophobic lyrics, making fun of disabled people, being an asshole, all in verses that don't even make sense
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— maddie (@trivagoofficial) August 10, 2018
I think we can all agree that Barbie Dreams by Nicki Minaj is a homophobic text at worst, and at best an unwarranted dismissal of cultural innovators Young Thug and Lil Uzi Vert. She has revealed how ignorant and regressive she truly is.
— Roger A. Ramsbottom (@RogerRamsbottom) August 11, 2018
I was about to buy @NickiMinaj’s album #Queen until I heard her track with Eminem where she says “They switching like sissies now” – sweetie, the LGBT community are the majority of your fanbase and got you to where you are. Casual homophobia in 2018? You’re over sis. #QueenRadio
— Queer Updates (@QueerUpdates) August 10, 2018
Nicki Minaj is acting very Nicki Garbaj. Homophobic lyrics on top of her questionable actions…wow.
— cara cavalli ???? (@thecaracavalli) August 10, 2018
Now that she has a new record out just a casual reminder that Nicki Minaj uses casual homophobia and transphobia in lyrics, slut shames others, has appropriated other cultures that aren’t her own, and is taking a pedophile on tour with her. She’s cancelled.
— Mikaela Jane Palermo (@mikaelajpalermo) August 11, 2018
@NICKIMINAJ you have fans across the world who are lgbtq and who are persecuted for being themselves. And on your platform you use homophobic language? When queer folks are the ones on here defending you the hardest? Im lost Onika #QueenRadio
— Drew Kyle (@ImDrewKyle) August 10, 2018
I know I'm going to be in the minority, but Barbie Dreams is offensive. The homophobia, fat shaming, ableism, femmephobia, and shit is annoying. I actually can do without all that. I need Nicki Minaj to grow up.
— alanna del slay. ???? (@alannagabby) August 10, 2018
@NikkiMinaj really tasteless. Homophobic comments. LGBTQ community have made you who you are. Watch that support fall….quickly.
— JB (@AyresNYC) August 14, 2018
@NICKIMINAJ I think you’re still an amazing rapper and I respect your grind,your skill and how you inspire a lot of BLACK girls to win.But your homophobia is loud and dangerous.
And if anybody asks no Im not a hater Im a fan who bought every album. Please do better #QueenRadio
— Drew Kyle (@ImDrewKyle) August 10, 2018
I find it ironic that Nicki Minaj continues to make homophobic remarks when the majority of people in her mess of a fanbase are gay
— kurt (@kurtmp3) August 10, 2018
Upon release, Queen charted at number one in 85 countries on iTunes. It is predicted to debut at #2 on the Billboard 200.
The album features the Billboard top 10 single, Chun-Li, and Bed featuring Ariana Grande, which has charted in the top 20 of the UK Singles Chart.