On Tues. Nov. 14th, it was announced that the original pitbull in a skirt — Eve — would be permanently replacing Aisha Tyler as the new co-host to CBS’s The Talk
(which rips off The View if you ask me) and a day into her new gig, she is throwing the shade.
For the past 48 hours, rapper Nicki Minaj’s sexually provocative image on the cover of Paper Magazine with three versions of herself has been taking social media and Hollywood by storm — #BreakTheInternet. It was also the topic of conversation on The Talk this past Wednesday with Minaj’s female MC predecessor Eve having this to say:
“I worked with Nicki, I got to know her on ‘Barbershop’… she’s a nice person, she’s an amazing rapper, and as a lyricist I respect her… but as a woman, from my point of view, personally, I would not be able to do that,”. “I think in this climate, it’s not good. I think every artist has a right to express themselves however they want to express themselves and I respect that as well. For me personally, as I started coming up in the business, I started realizing that young girls were looking up to me and younger people were looking up to me, and that, not that you want to be a role model, but it becomes what you become, it is what you are.”
“As I’ve gotten older … I’d just rather be a voice that’s uplifting… I can be a voice for those girls that might not have a voice, in a different way without showing myself off … For the Nicki fans, I love her, respect her. Go women in hip hop. It’s not my thing. I just don’t think it’s right. Personally. Period. That’s it.”
My initial thought when I viewed the clip on The Shade Room was two important things: people like Eve forget who they were back in the day and why in the hell are celebrities (male or female) expected to be role models to young children?
In the years following her peak of her career in the early 2000s, Eve has done some growing up. She completed alcohol-education classes after her DUI arrest, married a British businessman and becoming a step-mother to his four kids, started her own label and became a mentor for young aspiring female MCs.
However, in the case Eve is being a hypocrite for coming at Nicki Minaj for her decision to be sexual in her image. Homegirl literally spoke candidly about being a stripper pre-fame.
GET THEM COINS There are even pics from those stripper days available for online viewing. That is not the only sexually explicit photo of the 39-year old online. A sex tape surfaced in the early 2000s of Eve and her then-boyfriend Steve J (who is now on Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta); the video shows J shoving a dildo into Eve’s pussy.
I am sure Eve probably comes off as role model-ish to the younger kids today
(I do not know how as it has been years since her last hit), but the GAG she is not. If Nicki Minaj wants to be raunchy that her prerogative, but it comes off ironic when Miss Let Me Blow Your Mind had sexually-explicit tendencies as well. Nicki is comfortable with her sexuality as every adult human being should. Moreover, maybe Minaj will tone down and be more conservative as an artist when she is 60-something — only God knows the future — but even if she did that is her choice.
The second conversation that needs debunking is the popular notion celebrities a la Nicki Minaj and most-recently Cardi B needs to tone-down, and they act and present themselves as they have the young following — particularly of girls.
Nicki Minaj and Cardi B are not Disney Princesses or Nickelodeon stars to be looked up too. Minaj is damn near 35 years old line while Cardi celebrated her 25th birthday this past October. From day one, these two gave it the public raw and unfiltered, whether it was with their lyrics or when they spoke to the public especially with the latter.
These two even spoke candidly to the media about how role model they are not.
In an interview on ABC’s Nightline in 2012, Minaj said: “I don’t want to offend moms or children, like when they come and pay their spend money to see a show…but I didn’t come in the game to be an artist that appealed to kids either.”
Cardi posted a 60-second clip on Instagram of her clapping back to those who believe she is a bad influence on children saying:
“I’m not gonna change myself, I’m not gonna change the way I act because you expect me to be a good example to your fucking kids bitch! Why don’t you be your own kids fucking role model? Like what the fuck, why do you expect public figures to be role model for your fucking kids?”
She later talked about how growing up she wanted to be like her mom. The video came out in 2016. Fast forward to November 1st, Cardi B — now riding high off the success of “Bodak Yellow” apparently has a change of heart promising she will be a ‘better example’ to young girls saying “I’m gonna change for you, little girls, because I deadass love ya.” I think that Cardi’s transition into being recognized by mainstream America is beginning to pressure her into watering down who is truly is.
Point in the matter is, celebrities are NOT here to raise y’all children. They are here to entertain and make a profit from it. It is the responsibility of the mother, father or legal guardian to be the role model or positive influence on their child. It is particularly not right for parents to let their child idolize celebrities whose persona is ADULTS-only until they are older and mature enough to understand what the context of Nicki and Cardi’s lyrics.
On the other hand, I think there are some aspects about a Nicki or Cardi that kids can admire. Nicki Minaj and Cardi B both grew up in poor neighborhoods of New York City with their own shares of family issues — Cardi being kicked out at 18 while Minaj dealt with a once-drug addicted father. They both were told by their peers that they’ll never succeed. But the GAG is they did overcome their struggle and became successful both professionally and financially. I also believe that the omnipresence of Cardi and Nicki can be the antidote for the young girls who are doubtful on if they’ll succeed in Hollywood because they are brown-skinned. Now those are aspects of a celebrity or public figure, which children can idolize.
WHEN YOU KNOW BETTA, YOU DO BETTA.