Nicki Minaj has co-opted the #BlackGirlTragic hashtag to hit back at those who don’t have the most positive things to say about her and her relationship, and it’s left some people pretty upset.
The rapper, who has shared a number photos of herself with her partner Kenneth Petty, hit back at people who had things to say about him, provocative images of them and her overall happiness. She called a few women ugly and started using the hashtag #BlackGirlTragic to deal with her critics.
It seems she’s calling out Black women who she feels push the idea of Black Girl Magic when it comes to everybody but her, and to say that Black women are some of her biggest detractors. She posted a photo of herself straddling Petty saying, “S/O to #BlackGirlTragic I mean black girl magic. Never forget there r 7 billion ppl in the world but u choose to interrupt ur important life to go on another black girl page to project ur own insecurities.”
As if flipping a hashtag that was meant to empower Black women (#BlackGirlMagic) into something to disparage those who don’t agree with her wasn’t bad enough, plenty of people on Twitter pointed out the fact that the original use of the hashtag #BlackGirlTragic was meant to put the spotlight on tragedies involving Black women. If you scroll through Instagram and Twitter from 2018 for example, there are photos of Black women along with brief stories about how they were killed by people they trusted, while minding their business, in one way or another. Over the weekend, when she posted the photo above, people pointed that out and shared their disdain for her choice to adopt the hashtag for such purposes.
However, Nicki seems to care not.
After a very intense Queen Radio conversation with Joe Budden on Monday afternoon, she attempted to show she had no hard feelings toward him by visiting his Joe Budden Podcast on Monday night. While there, she doubled down on her use of #BlackGirlTragic and had a message for those who had an issue with it.
“Black Girl Tragic! And it’s Black b—hes that do it the most, and I don’t give a f–k if y’all mad at me using that f–king hashtag!”
While Nicki isn’t letting up on #BlackGirlTragic, and her fans (an alarming number of which are her Black male fans — or Kenz — on Twitter) are defending her by slamming her Black women disparagers, there are plenty of people who are quite irate about the whole thing. Many have called out the fact that she’s often pointed out the fact that she’s a Black woman when confronting disrespect and misogny in the industry, but would turn around and insult other Black women.
But Nicki is standing by her statements, and her man. Just last month on Queen Radio she shared her grievances with people who said she could do better than Petty.
“When a person is with a n—a that loved them before they had a dime in their pocket? How do you not understand that? How do you not understand happiness vs clout? How f–king dare you talk about lowering standards!” she said.
“It’s the truth, money cannot buy me happiness and good sex.”
Hit the flip to see what people have to say about her use of #BlackGirlTragic to defend herself and her beau and why they feel it’s not okay.