This is the video for Nicki Minaj’s latest single, Anaconda. It’s a huge hit. And I effing HATE it. I touched on this before when I wrote about The Latest Taylor Swift “Controversy” and thought I’d expand on my thoughts after reading some other posts about HERE and HERE, as well as seeing one of my (White) female friends on Facebook praise the song and it’s so-called “celebration” of Black women’s bodies. I’ve been hearing that kind of B.S. my whole life, and I’m not buying it.
First, look at the video, it’s all just 4+ minutes of Nicki and other scantily-clad Black women shaking their asses for the camera. How unusual. There’s a bizarre disconnect when a scene like this:
…is objectifying. But THIS:
Pardon my language but,
Forgetting the images for a minute, the worst part is the actual lyrics to this song, which I can only assume most people who actually listen to this song don’t actually pay attention to.
Boy toy named Troy, used to live in Detroit
Big dope dealer money, he was getting some coins
Was in shoot outs with the law, but he live in a palace
Bought me Alexander McQueen, he was keeping me stylish
This dude named Michael used to ride motorcycles
Dick bigger than a tower, I ain’t talking about Eiffel’s
Real country ass nigga, let me play with his rifle
Pussy put his ass to sleep, now he calling me NyQuil
Now that bang bang bang, I let him hit it cause he slang cocaine
SHE’S RAPPING ABOUT HAVING SEX WITH DRUG DEALERS! And that’s okay, as long as they spend their drug money to buy her material things?!? This is disgraceful. Why would anyone, especially any Black person, support this crap?!?
I checked Earl Sweatshirt’s Twitter account, I don’t see him saying anything about this.
And as for the so-called “empowerment” of Black women’s bodies that this song supposedly espouses according to its delusional defenders. Let’s look close at those lyrics:
Yeah, he love this fat ass
Yeah, this one is for my bitches with a fat ass in the fucking club
I said, where my fat ass big bitches in the club?
Fuck those skinny bitches, fuck those skinny bitches in the club
I wanna see all the big fat ass bitches in the motherfucking club
Fuck you if you skinny bitches WHAT?
Gee, I bet it took her weeks to compose those intricate lines. Rakim, she ain’t.
First off all, attacking women for being “skinny” isn’t any better than attacking women for being “fat.”
And second of all, Nicki herself may have a big rear-end (which may or may not be surgically enhanced), but that doesn’t exactly make her a “big” girl, either.
A “plus-size” model, she ain’t.
If a male rapper did this video he’d be crucified, but apparently because she’s doing this to herself that makes it all okay now (although you’re fooling yourself if you don’t think there’s a bunch of men, including her boss Lil Wayne, involved behind the scenes). Hypocritical nonsense.
By comparison, let’s look at the original song she
ripped off sampled to make this hit, Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 hit, Baby Got Back:
First, the dancers in that video are practically dressed like nuns compared to Nicki and her dancers. See, you don’t have to show everything to be sexy. And you can tell by their impressive choreography that they actually have a purpose, not just there for decoration. But most importantly, when you listen to his lyrics, he actually is celebrating Black women and their bodies (albeit in a somewhat crud fashion).
I’m tired of magazines
Sayin’ flat butts are the thing
Take the average black man and ask him that
She gotta pack much back
I ain’t talkin’ bout Playboy
‘Cause silicone parts are made for toys
So Cosmo says you’re fat
Well I ain’t down with that!
‘Cause your waist is small and your curves are kickin’
And I’m thinkin’ bout stickin’
To the beanpole dames in the magazines:
You ain’t it, Miss Thing!
Give me a sister, I can’t resist her
Red beans and rice didn’t miss her
Admittedly that’s not quite a poetic as “fuck those skinny bitches in the club”, but still…