Nicki Minaj has a problem with how some are reading comments she made in a recent interview with Elle, and she took to Twitter to not only clarify her feelings, but come for the person calling her out.
In her Elle cover story, Minaj unpacks her feelings about embracing her sexuality, and how her personal approach and attitude to infusing it into her work has changed. She tells Elle that Queen, her forthcoming, much-anticipated album, entertains the notion of "it being okay to keep your legs closed," and that she's examined her role in how strippers, Instagram girls and "modern-day prostitutes" view themselves and their worth.
"...in a lot of ways, I don’t know if I’m doing the same thing they’re doing, because I’m selling sex appeal," she explains. "So I can’t look down on these girls. I may not be having sex with people, but I’m still selling sex appeal.”
Her thoughts on the complicated subject resonated on Twitter, but struck a chord with some that Minaj didn't intend. Twitter user @MrJeromeTrammel criticized the rapper's remarks, saying that she "went over to Elle] to slut shame certain types of women."
Dear Nicki Minaj,— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) June 15, 2018
Your lyrics are hypocritical. You went over to @ElleMagazine to slut shame certain types of women, cause that wasn’t your route (allegedly). People need to STOP trying to dictate & police women & THEIR bodies! If you can’t HELP, don’t HURT! @NickiMinaj pic.twitter.com/p4iT30bfyb
Minaj, furious, explained her intentions while stressing that "lyrics, photos & F--KING r all 3 diff things."
Suck my dick ASSHOLE. Had u read the article, I was critiquing MYSELF more than ANYTHING. What I SAID was: I HOPE my overt sexual LYRYCS & PHOTOS don’t make my fans THINK that I’m telling them to be promiscuous & to know their worth! Lyrics, photos & FUCKING r all 3 diff things. https://t.co/SH6AxZM75g— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) June 15, 2018
A woman can be a “freak” w|her man, sexual, spit explicit lyrics, an exhibitionist, love freaky girl talk w|her girlfriends, require men to treat her like a QUEEN, etc. NONE OF THAT EQUATES TO SELLING PUSSY. Now pop my dick outcho mouf. The Nicki hate train has left the bldng.— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) June 15, 2018
... @MrJeromeTrammel now on another note, btch I just found out #BED is #1 in 48 countries!!!!! I’m so fkn happy. I’m bout to board this jet & go finish shooting this video. Ima be mad sexy in it. Plus I’m meeting up w|my dick appointment out there too. Who gon check me boo?— Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) June 15, 2018
Minaj then encouraged her fans to go after @MrJeromeTrammel, with some going so far as to post his personal information on social media. He responded by indicating he's considering legal action, and stressed that it's "WRONG" for a celebrity to be "inciting violence" for sharing his opinion.