Nicki Minaj has been known to grace news outlets and social media feeds for her physical assets almost as much as her musical career since she became a household name. Even her wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum made headlines.
In case you’ve forgotten, or have been living under a rock, Nicki’s wax figure depicts her on all fours from her famous “Anaconda” video. The figure’s provocative position and barely there clothing had fans, or just drunk passerby, creating what some found to be inappropriate and offensive images. The sharing of these images prompted the museum to add a barrier and security around Minaj’s figure.
Incidentally, it’s this behavior from fans and lack of clothing on Minaj’s part that has Patti LaBelle speaking out against her. While doing a show in Vancouver, LaBelle invited some of her devoted fans on stage to do a little dancing to her song, “Lady Marmalade.” She, however, has strict rules about propriety on her stage. And it is her stage. When one of these fans began to unbutton his shirt, she took notice.
According to Billboard, the fan got a whole lot of scolding. Included in the scolding were Minaj and Miley Cyrus, although Cyrus seemed somewhat of an afterthought. Hip Hop Wired reports that LaBelle went went on to suggest that at her age, a young 71, she doesn’t have any desire for Minaj’s more risque antics and certainly not any of Cyrus’. It wasn’t until the same fan had the audacity to point his back end in her direction, strikingly similar to Minaj’s wax figure, that she had him evicted from the concert. Completely undone, she demanded security have him evicted from the building.
This is certainly not the first time LaBelle had spoken about Minaj’s wardrobe, or lack thereof. In January, while visiting the Meredith Viera show, she disclosed how she felt about Nicki’s wardrobe.
In February of last year, the famed singer appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live to discuss who she thought was a diva. Minaj couldn’t pass muster there, either. LaBelle was quoted as saying, “These heifers have to get on stage and show that they can perform. Not with 20 people up there with them. No.”
Minaj has yet to respond to the incident, and she may not. LaBelle is a force to be reckoned with and is well-respected in that sphere. She earned her way to saying what she wants when she wants. Maybe this is one incident Minaj is willing to let go.
What do you think? Did LaBelle do Nicki a disservice?