Nicki Minaj was criticized Monday after she compared herself to Harriet Tubman ahead of her appearance at the Video Music Awards.
Minaj first sparked controversy after she mentioned the historic abolitionist in a tweet. The rapper has been on a Twitter rampage since accusing Spotify of not properly promoting her album “Queen” because it was released on Apple Music’s Beats 1 station “Queen Radio” 10 minutes early.
“All the QUEENS I remember, SHOOK S— UP!!!!!!!! Queen of the week may go to HARRIET TUBMAN!!!!!! Had she just sat there & ate her rice, you n—– history would’ve been a lot less triumphant,” Minaj tweeted just before 3:00 p.m. EST.
Minaj attempted to clarify things with another tweet several hours later.
Y’all I had no idea Harriet Tubman was now trending. I said what I said. 😂😂😂😂😂 #QueenRadio will honor her tmrw. She said she could’ve rescued more slaves had they known they were slaves. I fought for streaming services to count toward billboard when alotta niggz stayed quiet
— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) August 20, 2018
Still, many Twitter users weren’t impressed with the comparison and let Minaj know.
— 🦌 Zodıac (@ZodiacAlchemist) August 20, 2018