On today’s Ellen, Ellen DeGeneres presented a “very exclusive sneak peek” of the upcoming ABC Family sitcom about Nicki Minaj’s early life. What ran was a satirical sketch that amounted to a little over of a minute of modern minstrelsy in which members of a black family bumbled around their house impeded by their giant asses. They knocked stuff over with their big butts, and found it challenging to sit on a couch together. The little girl character was made to bend over as she was introduced.
Tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards began with Nicki Minaj, who performed alongside Taylor Swift just a month or so after Swift clumsily inserted herself into Minaj’s pointed critiques regarding the racial makeup of this year’s nominees. It was supposed to be a Shocking VMA Moment but was entirely pre-packaged, which may or may not also be true about Minaj confronting Cyrus over her rather boneheaded comments about race.
The BET Awards were nearly four hours long this year. Nick Minaj beginning an acceptance speech and then pausing to ask what the award was even for is a good summation of how that felt.
Last night, MTV aired a follow-up to its 2010 documentary Nicki Minaj: My Time Now, best known for its Minajalogue on bossing up and being a successful woman in a sexist industry. Nicki Minaj: My Time Again didn't feature any pontificating so impassioned, but it did feature an excellent scene in which Nicki returned to the Queens neighborhood in which she grew up. I've never seen a depiction of Nicki existing so casually without a shred of pop-star bravado.