Nicki Minaj is one of the biggest stars on the planet, and has fans across all ages. Just don’t count senior citizens among that demographic.
In a hilarious and informative video by Fine Brothers Productions, elders react to Nicki’s highly controversial video “Anaconda,” in which Minaj shows off her trademarked booty in quite the explicit fashion.
As a group of seniors watch the video, they freely comment on what Nicki Minaj has on display. Statements like “the clothes are getting skimpier and skimpier” and “hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” sum up the explicit nature of what’s on screen. One male elder named Jon even reacts in what one would consider typical fashion for his age.
“Ten years ago, they couldn’t show things like this on TV, you know? I don’t know how they get away with stuff like this. Now you know why kids are so screwed up, because of [crap] like this.”
However, it’s the interview that follows their reactions that offers up the most interesting opportunity for dialogue. A woman by the name of Mary was asked if there was any feminist value to the “Anaconda” song, but in her mind, any message is clouded by the overt sexuality to the video.
“She has a lot of talent,” Mary argues. “I don’t know why she has to sell it on sex. And why she can’t trail blaze some new path in hip-hop that doesn’t involve sheer sexuality.”
Her frank assessment of Minaj continued. “I think it makes it so hard on all women. There is absolutely nothing wrong in taking joy in your body and in sex. The problem being that this influences young girls… these are the most popular things and they think this is what it’s all about. It seems to make it okay to view women in this way.”
Another male elder named Richard also supported Mary’s thinking in that Nicki’s “Anaconda” is not rife with feminist benefits.
“Women getting the same salary as a male employee gets,” Richard said, “that would be more important than showing off your tush.”
Even more surprising was the feeling across all interviewees that while Minaj’s “Anaconda” video is shocking, the sexuality behind it is not unfamiliar.
“It’s not that different than it was through the generations,” Melvin said. “We’re just becoming more relaxed with what we tolerate.”
In the end, Jon seems to sum up Nicki Minaj and “Anaconda” quite succinctly when he declares, “I think it’s just entertainment and somebody trying to become popular to make money.”
Watch as elders react to the controversial Nicki Minaj video for “Anaconda” below.