Nicki Minaj can do no wrong — except when Twitter thinks she’s throwing a backhanded compliment at Zendaya‘s Barbie doll. Only then is she on the wrong end of controversy.
Zendaya made history when Mattel announced it was producing a Barbie doll lookalike of her. The attention turned sour when Minaj reminded that she, too, had her own Barbie doll at one point.
“Congrats on your doll, Zendaya!” she says in the first post. “Did u know Barbie made me one a cpl years back? 😁😍 It was such an honor & a HUGE surprise. Anyway, I love your doll’s hair! I love what it means for other little girls who will identify with it & be empowered. Continue to be proud of yourself girls!!!!! 😘 #Barbie”
You could make a strong argument that Minaj’s reference to her 2011 doll is an innocuous one. However, you could also make the argument that she’s redirecting the lens on herself instead of noting how monumental Zendaya’s Barbie is for African-American women. A lot of people on Twitter thought about the latter.
Zendaya didn’t seem to take offense, though. She responded by simply saying the following:
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