Furthermore, in white feminist class I had to deal with my Professor talking about the GENIUS of Lady Gaga and Madonna as they MAGICALLY TRANSCEND gender standards and blahblahblahblah.
First of all, Grace Jones came first. Thank you very much. But according to my white feminist Professor, Madonna came up with using outrageous outfits to make points. And Lady Gaga copied her.
What she really meant is that Madonna was the first to get real credit for it because when black women are outlandish everybody just thinks they’re dumb and/or confused.
And second of all, I side-eye anybody who attributes genius to Lady Gaga and not Nicki Minaj. Period.
Personally, I’m a pretty big Nicki supporter. And that’s partly (mainly) because she’s a black woman who is essentially lifting her middle finger to everything black women are supposed to be. She’s cute. She’s quirky. She’s just really different.
Different is incredibly risky for black women.
Which has been proven time and time again when people claim that Lady Gaga is deep or whatever but Nicki isn’t.
If I wanted to put blue and pink or whatever in my hair I’d be ghetto. If a white woman does it she’s unique.
I don’t play those sorts of double standards here which is part of the reason why I’m Team Nicki.
And also, because she’s just really pretty and amazing in general. <3
this is so true! i remember when erykah badu came out with videos more often a near decade ago, people were accusing her of being weird and outrageous in a bad way. however, when lady gaga came out, she’s automatically seen as an artist in her clothing. when nicki does it, she’s the “devil” or perpetuating the stereotype of exotifying black women (i’ve seen so many white feminists say this more than poc/black ones). although i wasn’t fond of nicki’s performance at the grammy’s, i knew she would get twice the backlash gaga got when she did “alejandro”. ): catholics thought that she was literally possessed lol.