Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey
Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey

From Clutch MagazineI’ll admit Nicki Minaj is over the top. With her plethora of gaudy outfits, dubious lyrics, an abundance of unfitting wigs, and split personality, her sanity and talent is often questionable. There are two things, however, that are completely undeniable: 1) Nicki Minaj is culturally relevant 2) She’s making a multitude of mula 3) She’s never been a gunslinger and has never claimed to be.

I’ve been taking in the feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, both new judges onAmerican Idol, over the last few days. After seeing the TMZ footage, I immediately took to my Twitter to blast the brightly colored pixie for dissing the more experienced diva. Yet, we only see what we’re allowed. Once the facts begun to roll in, predominately anti-Nicki, my irritation with Mariah’s sympathy card grew.

After hearing that Mariah was going to “hire extra security” and that Nicki’s behavior made her emotionally uncomfortable, I had to stifle the erupting laughter inside of me. Roman? Pink nails, Barbie cars, overt sex appeal, give-em’-whiplash Nicki? I was almost determined to delve into Google to make sure there wasn’t another female emcee with the same name.

Over the last few days Mariah’s been playing her “frightened white girl in an urban neighborhood” side of the race card. We’re told that Mariah made a disrespectful comment about a contestant before the debate manifested, but all we’re privy to in the footage is the explosion of Minaj and the calm of Mariah. In a phone conversation with Barbara Walters, her sudden fairytale godmother, Mariah expresses a victimized concern — seemingly the innocent Mariah attacked by Nicki’s “otherness.” Her husband, Nick Cannon, also plays into the role with his picture perfect painting of Mariah’s poise. “[Mariah] is the strongest and the classiest woman that I’ve ever met,” he stated. “She signed up to do a job to help young people accomplish their dreams and [the spat] is like a sidebar. I hope that’s not what this show becomes about, the catfights.”

Sorry Nick, can we rewind to a few years ago? Eminem, remember him? The guy who rapped about dating your wife, distastefully dissing her? Yeah, you two weren’t so elegant and dignified then.

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