I tried to avoid it as much as I could, but soon my Twitter and Facebook feed was overrun with comments that Nicki Minaj is voting for Mitt Romney. The endorsement came via a mixtape, namely Lil Wayne’s “Dedication 4,” where Nicki is quoted as saying “I’m a Republican, voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy b*tches is f*cking up the economy.”
Facebook and Twitter immediately exploded with people up in arms by Nicki’s perceived betrayal of the Democratic party. Her fans began to ponder how they’d make sense of their love for her music given her new political affiliation. Blogs asked the important questions: should we assume all black people (and rappers) are Democrats? Should we abandon them, if not? Sigh.
Here are three reasons no one should care:
-What influence does she really have?
Rappers’ influence when it comes to voting is debatable, and while I’m sure Nicki can send her “Barbz” and “Kens” running to the MAC Cosmetics counter in droves to buy “Barbie-pink” lipstick, I don’t know what kind of impact, if any, she can truly have at the polls.
-This looks, sounds and smells like a publicity stunt.
It’s no coincidence that ‘news’ of Nicki’s endorsement broke on the first day of the Democratic National Convention. To announce that you’re supporting the unpopular party among your demographic is a pretty transparent way to get people to pay attention to your music. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nicki wasn’t even voting for Romney but thanks for listening to Lil Wayne’s new mixtape!
-Nicki Minaj isn’t the most credible voice on social issues.
Someone who made a career parading around in blonde wigs, calling herself a doll and pretending to be schizophrenic isn’t my go-to source for political advice. Isn’t this the same woman who wrote a song called “Silly Ho” and actually referred to other women of color as “nappy headed hos” after Don Imus’ famously offensive rant? Right.