Nicki Minaj infuriated fans and mental health advocates when she posted a video mocking a Miami woman to Instagram.
In the clip, posted Monday with a laughing emoji, Minaj, 33, engages with a woman who shouts into the rapper’s car.
“What you said? Miss? C’mere,” the Pinkprint MC says before busting out laughing and asking, “What did I do? Can we talk?”
Commenters didn’t take kindly to the post, with many locals indicating that the woman featured in the clip is mentally ill. One wrote, “I live in south beach and i know every homeless [person] around. We have a loooot of those around and she has mental illness.”
Another wrote, “You talk about privilege when you don’t get an award you want, but then you use your wealth and fame to abuse this woman who’s less fortunate than you? Hypocritical.”
A third griped, “why was this necessary to be put up on social media? Not cool. You sit in your nice limo and roll your window down to make fun of the less fortunate. Mental illness is a real issue. You don’t make fun of someone who has cancer but it’s apparently cool to do it to someone who may be suffering from mental illness. Use your platform to encourage kindness.”
Even US talk show host Wendy Williams slammed Minaj, addressing the rapper on her program:
“I don’t know if Nicki was on one or what at the time, but you need to be more sensitive to mental illness,” she said. “It makes you look like an insensitive b*tch.”
A rep for National Alliance of Mental Illness-Miami told Page Six, “Whether or not the woman in the video has a mental illness or other disability, Nicki Minaj’s unfortunate exchange with the elderly woman illustrates the importance for everyone to understand the nature of mental illness and its symptoms and the need for compassionate treatment.”
NAMI-Miami added, “One in five people in the United States will suffer from a mental illness at least once in their lifetime. That means anyone can be affected by it, even celebrities. Celebrities should use their influence among young people in a positive manner to bring awareness to the real issues surrounding mental illness. Nobody would make fun of a cancer patient, and mental illness is an illness like any other. Fortunately more and more celebrities are opening up about their struggles with mental health creating empathy among the public, and we hope these positive attitudes overshadow the mocking and stereotyping so common in our media.”
A rep for Minaj didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
By Jessica Sager