Nicki Minaj has come under heavy criticism after she shared a video on her Instagram page in which she was interacting with a random woman on a street.
In the video, Minaj appeared to have been making fun of a mentally ill woman. The woman who was seen on a Miami street alone with a cigarette on her hand, yelled at the rapper, “I don’t need your so-called help!”
Nicki Minaj who was filming from her car, replied the mentally unstable woman. She said:
“What’d you say? Miss… Come here!”
Nicki and some people in the car could be heard laughing as the woman walked away while still yelling at her. “Miss, you look nice… Can we talk?”
The rapper then shared the video on her Instagram page with a laughing emoji in the caption.
This act of mockery from Nicki Minaj didn’t go down too well with her followers as she was heavily criticized for it.
“Nicki was f**king wrong for laughing at the lady. She was being mean and fake. Why tell the lady she looked nice?” one commenter wrote. “This is so wrong!! If i were u delete this video..know the history of a person before u post an offending video..not cool..u are already getting heated and receiving a lot of backlash..this is an act of ignorance!! RESPECT!!” said another.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-Miami) has also publicly called out Nicki for her action, calling it invasion of the woman’s privacy and an act of dehumanization. The organization also slammed the “Anaconda” rapper for using her fame to negatively influence her fans, including around 70 million people following her on Instagram. A NAMI spokesperson said:
“Nobody would make fun of a cancer patient, and mental illness is an illness like any other”.