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Nicki Minaj Gets Backlash For Dissing Rosa Parks

Nicki Minaj‘s new song “Yikes” isn’t out yet, but the Queens rapper is already receiving backlash for a verse that references Rosa Parks.

Nicki Minaj on Tuesday, February 4 shared a video on her Instagram page in which she previewed a snippet of her upcoming track “Yikes”. With her husband Kenneth Petty in tow, Nicki rapped the opening verse of the new song which likened her haters to Rosa Parks, the late civil right activist whose refusal to give up her seat to a white man sparked the historic Birmingham bus boycott.


“All you b__ches Rosa Parks, uh oh, get your ass up.”


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The ill-timed reference was released coincidentally, on what would have been Rosa Parks’ 107th birthday — and during Black History Month.

Rosa Louise McCauley Parks was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has called her “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks rejected bus driver James F. Blake’s order to relinquish her seat in the “colored section” to a white passenger, after the whites-only section was filled.

A number of people took to Twitter to call out Nicki Minaj for the Rosa Parks reference, claiming that it was disrespectful:

Meanwhile, there are some that are of the opinion that the controversial line is a double entendre (a figure of speech or a particular way of wording that is devised to be understood in two ways, having a double meaning). A Twitter user @hiphop_issues took to his timeline to explain the double meaning of the controversial verse:

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