Nicki Minaj slammed on social media for comparing herself to Harriet Tubman
The 'Queen' rapper compared herself to the legendary abolitionist and political activist while ranting that her new album, 'Queen,' came in at only No. 2. on the Billboard charts.
Nicki Minaj has been stirring up a Twitter storm off late with her recent lash out at Travis Scott and Spotify after her album 'Queen' failed to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts. The 'Chun Li' rapper accused Scott of inflating his album sales numbers for 'Astroworld' (which currently sits on top of the charts) unfairly and then called Spotify out for not putting her face on every playlist, like the streaming service did with Drake, because she’d premiered her album 10 minutes early on “Queen Radio,” a program she launched on Apple Music’s Beats 1 station ahead of the album.
But it looks like the Queen wasn't done yet. On Monday, Minaj defended her rants by pointing to Harriet Tubman, the famous abolitionist and political activist who led hundreds of slaves to freedom in the 19th century even though there was a bounty on her head. Minaj lauded Tubman as a “Queen of the week", adding: “Had she just sat there & ate her rice, you n****z history would’ve been a lot less triumphant.”
The Bronx rapper instantly faced backlash on Twitter for comparing herself to the famed revolutionary. One Twitter user even went as far as saying that Minaj's tweet was worse than Kanye West's bizarre comment on slavery being a choice. User @ASAPVick_ tweeted: "Comparing your album sales to Harriet Tubman’s fight for freedom is the most stupid commentary on slavery in 2018 and that includes Kanye saying slavery was a choice."
Another social media user failed to see the comparison: "I'm not sure if there's a person in the US alive today who can respectfully compare (themselves) to 'Harriet Tubman.'" But some of Minaj's fans jumped to her defense, saying the tweet was an attempt to pay homage to Tubman. "She was calling her a queen she wasn't comparing (herself)," said user @PAPIITOMII.
After she realized that her comments regarding Tubman had gone viral, she quickly followed it up with another tweet clarifying what she actually intended to say. "Y’all I had no idea Harriet Tubman was now trending. I said what I said. #QueenRadio will honor her tmrw," Minaj clarified.
Y’all I had no idea Harriet Tubman was now trending. I said what I said. 😂😂😂😂😂 #QueenRadio will honor her tmrw. She said she could’ve rescued more slaves had they known they were slaves. I fought for streaming services to count toward billboard when alotta niggz stayed quiet— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 20, 2018
Check out some of the fan reactions to Minaj's provocative tweet below:
Please Leave Harriet Tubman out of this! That’s way out of your league sis— Devon Williams (@devon_william) August 20, 2018
My tl defending Harriet Tubman against Nicki pic.twitter.com/eLtpL0XWOn— cαm 🍓 (@THEATERTWINK) August 20, 2018