Nicki Minaj Banned on BET, Charged with Setting Women Back

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    Rapper and singer-songwriter from Trinidad and Tobago Nicki Minaj arrives at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards show in Las Vegas May 22, 2011.
By Brittney R. Villalva , Christian Post Reporter
February 1, 2012|2:36 pm

Nicki Minaj's new video broke a Vevo record when it racked in over 4.8 million viewers in less than 24 hours. However, many found the content inappropriate, and now Black Entertainment Television has banned the video.

BET has refused to air Nicki Minaj's "You a Stupid H--" video, according to TMZ. The site reports that a rep from BET would not give specific reason as to why the video was banned, but stated that BET would not be broadcasting it.

Many cite the video as "too explicit" for television.

The video contains several racy images accompanied by explicit language and racial slurs. Ironically, Minaj uses the racial slurs and explicit images to promote a superior image of herself.

Niasia, a Huffington Post Community Moderator on the Post blog, called the video "simply appalling."

"How embarrassing for AA (African American) women. This garbage is not only influencing a generation of impressionable, naive kids but also is mocking real music art and its standards,"said Buttrflyy, another blog user.

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"When the economic conditions in society change, and people start feeling threatened about their own security, that's when it often becomes acceptable to engage in racial slurring," according to Stanley Sue, professor of psychology at UCLA, who specializes in ethnicity and mental health.

She reported to The Seattle Times that "it reflects hostility and fears over competition from other groups."

Minaj's case can be compared to Sue's statement, although the competition she appears to fear in her song is mostly from other African-American females in the hip-hop industry- mainly her rival, Brooklyn-based rapper Lil' Kim.

However, despite her claims of belonging to the culture (Minaj is mixed Afro-Trinidadian) most still agree that her word usage is inappropriate and harmful to the African-American community.

"There is no way to justify this garbage," the user faithnj said, backed by 215 fans.

"I wish there was a way to filter all of this junk out of African American culture. We need a movement that can help true artists break through. Our culture is being shackled by the dollars that come from people who can only enjoy the crassest entertainment," he said.

NeverRetro also was offended by the music video. "She set's black women back by years. Minaj is exactly what her video is titled. She's proud of it, too."

The video has now collected over 10 million hits. Despite its success, however, fans will still not be able to view Minaj on BET anytime soon.

 

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