Ellen DeGeneres has come under fire after airing a "racist" Nicki Minaj skit on her weekday chatshow.
host's latest sketch, which parodies the Anaconda
rapper's childhood, has been denounced as a "little over a minute of modern minstrelsy" by media commentators and accused of perpetuating negative stereotypes about black women.
Introducing the skit, Ellen says: "I have one more thing to boost your mood… it was just announced that Nicki Minaj is producing a sitcom based on her childhood growing up in Queens, New York."
"It’s not on the air yet, but I called in a favour and managed to get us a sneak peek. It’s totally real, not something I put together as a joke… real!"
The clip depicts Minaj as a child with a comically large rear-end, before showing her mother, father and even pet dog struggling to navigate their home with similar assets - after which Ellen deadpans: "They have big butts… that’s the joke."
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The sketch has quickly drawn criticism for what some see as its perpetuation of racist steretypes. Gawker's
Rich Juzwiak wrote that the skit "amounted to a little over of a minute of modern minstrelsy" in which "members of a black family bumbled around their house impeded by their giant asses."
"They knocked stuff over with their big butts, and found it challenging to sit on a couch together. The little girl character was made to bend over as she was introduced."
He added: "It’s a joke, except it reduces Nicki Minaj to just an ass... This skit is at least lazy, at least casually racist."
Elizabeth Kiefer wrote: "Not only was this sketch not funny, it’s also pretty offensive."
"Minaj may indeed have an ample derriere, but she is so much more than her physique, and watching a petite, white, middle-aged comedian poke fun at the singer’s butt smacks of casual racism and girl-on-girl body-shaming."
Meanwhile, Minaj recently defended her onstage attack on VMA host Miley Cyrus
, arguing that the former Disney star wants to "enjoy" black culture without engaging with the issues that affect black women. Who knows what she'll make of this latest Ellen-based controversy...
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