Nicki Minaj confused a large portion of her fanbase last night when she gave a shout-out to former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during her Beats 1 radio show.
The “Chun-Li” rapper made the statement on Thursday’s episode of “Queen Radio” when talking about how telling the truth can sometimes “ruffle feathers.”
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“Everyone has to express their truth, and I have to ruffle a few feathers along the way, I don’t care,” Minaj said while likening herself to U.S. civil rights icon Harriet Tubman. Then things took a strange turn.
“Shout out to Margaret Thatcher,” she continued. “Sometimes queens and women of power have to do things that even they aren’t happy about doing, but they know it’s for the betterment of what’s to come and who’s to come.”
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Minaj caused headlines earlier in the week when she used her show to call out Travis Scott. She was upset that the “Stargazing” rapper had kept her new album Queen for reaching the no. 1 spot on the Billboard album charts and claimed he used underhanded tactics to boost his numbers.
However, comparing herself to the Iron Lady did not go down well with Minaj’s fans who took to social media to express their confusion.
Thatcher served as Prime Minister in the UK for 11 years and was a controversial, polarizing figure. During her reign, she referred to Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress as a “terrorist” organization, sanctioned a law which effectively banned the discussion of same-sex relationships in schools, and restructured the economy in a way which increased poverty among the working classes.
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Earlier in the week, Minaj took home the award for Best Hip Hop Video at the 2018 MTV VMAs, and a day later she announced she was postponing the North American leg of her upcoming “NickiHndrxx Tour”.
“This is all happening because I pushed my album back two months,” Minaj explained on Twitter. “I just finished writing and recording hours before the album came out. So now, I just simply don’t have to time to rehearse, and be on the road, and give you guys the level of the show I need to give.”