Nicki Minaj is an artist who is not afraid to do what she wants. She will do whatever it takes to attract attention and to be different.
In her most recent music video titled “Freedom,” she decided to wear a crown of thorns as she raps and sings about how great it is to be free. But really, she’s glorifying nothing but herself, as she raps many lines similar to this one: “Everybody get quiet when I start the show. Man I’m birthing these artists and I’m starting the show.”
The majority of the video is in black and white as the song carries a mellow feel. In the background while Minaj pretends to be Jesus, an old, wrecked ship can be seen that resembles Noah’s ark. In the beginning of the video, a cross is shown as Minaj compares herself to Jesus as she raps the lines, “They’ll never thank me for opening doors, but they ain’t even thank Jesus when he died on the cross.”
The fact that Minaj would wear a crown of thorns is obviously meant to upset people, but is also putting herself on a huge pedestal, comparing herself to Jesus Christ. We, as Christians, know Jesus Christ as our savior. Minaj seems to think of herself as something great and something of a savior for a certain audience.
This is not the first time Minaj has ridiculed Christianity. In her performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards of her song titled, “Roman Holiday,” she is seen confessing to a priest to start the performance as the words “The Exorcism of Roman” appeared on the screen. The stage resembled a cathedral and the dancers dressed in red and white robes. Minaj was bound by shackles and after she broke out, female dancers were seen sensually dancing in front of men wearing alms and praying.
Minaj’s self-gratification and willingness to openly mock Christianity greatly upsets me, but not to the point of wanting to throw blind insults at her. That is never the way to handle any situation.
But obviously, as a Christian, I am highly offended that she would imitate my savior, the one who died for me to save me from sin. It’s very sad that people could be so invested in themselves to the point that they would compare themselves to a figure that so many live their lives for.
Not only is it a selfish act, but it is also disrespectful. Minaj has taken people’s beliefs, what they dedicate their lives to, and played with them like they were children’s toys.
But why not, right? Anything to bring glory to herself.
What shocks me and has always shocked me is how so many people can support an artist that can be so insensitive to others’ beliefs. She does not have to stand out by imitating religious figures or religious practices and making little of them. She could simply stand out through her quirky choice of fashion and distinctive rapping voice.
However, many artists know that if you want attention, you should spark controversy. Many people will hate you, but a lot of other people will love you for not being afraid to say or do what you want.
Sadly, in this world, when your albums sell over a million copies worldwide, you can get away with almost anything.
As it was brought to light in a Los Angeles Times blog by Randall Roberts titled “First impression: Nicki Minaj’s callous new single, ‘Freedom’,” probably the saddest thing about the new song would be how Minaj is rapping about herself, her accomplishments, her fame, and the adversity that came along with it when just recently, her home city of Queens was hit by Hurricane Sandy and is struggling to get back on its feet.
Roberts also noted that Minaj tweeted about praying for all those who were being hit by the storm. Unfortunately, there are so many celebrities who will thank God for things and send their prayers to people in need, yet they sing and rap about alcohol, drugs, materialism, sex and dehumanizing women. A lot of them live life the way the rap. I wonder if they thank God for those things, too.
I think the problem is that Minaj and many other rappers who join her under the Young Money label live by the saying, “It’s all about me.” The fact that so many people live under this motto both voluntarily and involuntarily makes me very sad, especially because these people are brothers and sisters in Christ.
I may despise Minaj’s music. I may also acknowledge that she possesses tons of talent. But it hurts me to see that anyone would treat Christianity or any other religion as a joke or something that can be played with. That is simply not okay.