Nicki Minaj is getting slammed for calling herself the “new” Harriet Tubman.
The controversy began Monday afternoon when she tweeted about Tubman, praising her for shaking “s–t up.”
“All the QUEENS I remember, SHOOK S–T UP!!!!!!!! Queen of the week may go to HARRIET TUBMAN!!!!!!” Minaj wrote. “Had she just sat there & ate her rice, you n—-z history would’ve been a lot less triumphant.”
Followers immediately called out the “Barbie Tingz” rapper for putting herself in the same league as the American abolitionist and political activist. But Minaj’s backlash only increased after she compared Tubman’s struggles to free slaves to her debuting at No. 2 on Spotify.
“Y’all I had no idea Harriet Tubman was now trending. I said what I said. #QueenRadio will honor her tmrw. She said she could’ve rescued more slaves had they known they were slaves,” she wrote. “I fought for streaming services to count toward billboard when alotta n—z stayed quiet.”
“Comparing your album sales to Harriet Tubman’s fight for freedom is the most stupid commentary on slavery in 2018 and that includes Kanye saying slavery was a choice,” one follower tweeted.
Another wrote, “I’m not sure if there’s a person in the US alive today who can respectfully compare themself to ‘Harriet Tubman.’”
The criticism didn’t seem to dissuade Minaj, as she maintained her opinion while talking to TMZ before the VMAs.
“I am the new Harriet Tubman,” she said on her way to the VMAs. When asked if she thought it was too far given Tubman’s slavery connections, Minaj repeated, “No, no, I am Harriet Tubman. Leave me alone.”
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