In what lacks shock appeal for followers of the new face of female hip hop, Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj confirms her bisexuality. Speaking exclusively in the May issue of Details magazine, the ‘Massive Attack’ artist weighs in on gay-friendly rap. Minaj shares, “I think the world is getting more gay-friendly, so hip-hop is too. But it’s harder to imagine an openly gay male rapper being embraced. People view gay men as having no street credibility.”
Minaj’s bisexuality is a fascinating mix of resistance and accessory to a homophobic rap industry. Minaj’s thoughts on the flip side, gay men’s supposed inability to offer hip hop’s obligatory street cred is a truth we’re all too familiar with. While it seems entertainment fetishizes female bisexuality, the mere speculation that a male celebrity could be gay is a continued struggle and near career damaging reality in a heteronormative world.
Interestingly, Details‘ asks if the rapper comes across jealous boyfriends when signing her fan’s breasts at concerts. Minaj says, “If anything, boys are telling me to sign their girls’ boobs. I’ve gone through 15 markers in a single night.” As pop culture widens it’s obsession with female on female love, critics continually question the authenticity of Minaj’s bisexual lifestyle. For some, the cameo by openly bisexual model Amber Rose in Minaj’s ‘Massive Attack’ video appears to legitimize the rapper’s interest in women. Still the widely popular debate remains: Is the rapper truly same-gender loving or could this be another gimmick?
A starlet’s play on bisexuality has been known to generate sustaining public interest yielding increased album sales and media exposure in a sex-crazed society. Remember the shocking Madonna and Britney Spears kiss during a performance at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards? A current example, the “keep em’ guessing” public curiosity around Lady Gaga’s sexual mystic. No doubt, celebrity female bisexuality is championed in today’s culture. But is this groundbreaking or somehow influential in the exhaustive fight for gay rights? Or is it simply an extension of patriarchal, male fantasy?
You be the judge!