Nicki Minaj and Saturday Night Live are being accused of culturally appropriating Asian culture.
Nicki Minaj performed her smash hit “Chun-Li” on SNL this weekend and now she is being accused of profiting off Asian culture. The single and music video has a lot of Japanese elements and Nicki herself has used Asian culture in her music in the past including in the music video for her breakout hit “Your Love.” Still, folks on Twitter think that her use of the culture is wrong.
In her performance, Nicki Minaj had Asian backup dancers, wearing Asian outfits against an Asian-style backdrop. The rapper even wore chopsticks in her hair. Watch the full performance of “Chun-Li” on SNL below.
After the performance aired, folks took to Twitter and other social media outlets to vent about cultural appropriation. Other folks push back saying that the people complaining are reaching because Nicki Minaj has some Asian ancestry and is from a part of Trinidad that has some string Asian lineage.
Nicki Minaj new album “Queen” arrives on June 15th.
If u did ur research u would know Asian culture is all over Trinidad and most not all people from the island have some asian ancestry. Nicki happens to have the Japanese in her family. Log it out boo ur done.
— ? (@dangeroushive) May 20, 2018
What’s the most current, politically correct version of the Byzantine rules on cultural appropriation?
Nicki Minaj doing faux Japanese stuff on SNL must fall into some exemption. ??? pic.twitter.com/BSCbwPyOoX
— William Gerber (@WilliamGerber1) May 20, 2018
— AGirlHasNoPresident (@AGirlHasNoPrezz) May 20, 2018
Ok but… Was Nicki Minaj's performance not cultural appropriation?… ? #NickiOnSNL
— Missy Misfire (@MissyMisfire) May 20, 2018
— AsianAmericanLegal (@aaldef) May 20, 2018
I don’t wanna hear about nicki Minaj appropriating Asian culture unless we’re going to discuss the Asians that are appropriating black culture if we’re going to address one we’re going to address all white black Asian mixed Latin or Hispanic or Dominican 1/2
— JahQwaun (@JahQwaun) May 20, 2018