Nicki Minaj went off on a critic who accused her of having hypocritical views on female sexuality.
“I don’t really know how to say that without being offensive,” she told writer Devin Gordon. “Maybe I was naïve, but I didn’t realize how many girls were modern-day prostitutes. Whether you’re a stripper, or whether you’re an Instagram girl—these girls are so beautiful and they have so much to offer. But I started finding out that you give them a couple thousand dollars, and you can have sex with them […] It makes me sad as a woman. And it makes me sad that maybe I’ve contributed to that in some way.”
The rapper went on to admit that she has made a career out of selling a sexualized image.
“I don’t know if I’m doing the same thing they’re doing, because I’m selling sex appeal,” she explained. “So I can’t look down on these girls. I may not be having sex with people, but I’m still selling sex appeal […] I’m more of, like, the snobby girl, like the ‘Uh, what’ type of girl. And I want girls to be like that. I’d rather you be called snobby or a bitch or conceited—I’d rather you be called that than easy, and a ho, and a slut.”
The comments immediately resulted in backlash, with many people accusing Nicki of slut-shaming sex workers. One particular Twitter user blasted the rapper for attempting to “police” what women do with their bodies, and claimed her anti-promiscuity stance contradicted the themes of her music.