Folks can breathe a sigh of relief as reports claim that rapper-singer Nicki Minaj was probably just joking about supporting Mitt Romney.
On Lil Wayne’s just-released mixtape “Dedication 4,” Minaj seemed to endorse GOP presidential candidate Romney by rapping on the song “Mercy” the line “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy b—-es are f—ing up the economy.” (She followed that lyric by saying she was hanging out with zombies, so you could kinda tells she was joking maybe.)
On the Orlando radio station Power 953, President Obama was asked about the Minaj song and said “I’m not sure that is actually what happened. I think she had a song on there, a little rap that said that. But, she likes to play different characters. So I don’t know what’s going on there.”
The president was referencing the fact that Minaj is known for adopting off-beat alter-egos as part of her act. One show host offered his own explanation: “That was probably Roman who did it,” he said jokingly, a reference to Minaj’s alter-ego “Roman Zolanski.” It’s one of her more popular personas portrayed to be evil. He makes “appearances” across multiple albums.
Now, Minaj has tweeted “Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do… *sends love & support* @BarackObama.”
So we guess that means she was just having a little fun.
So why all this fuss about a rapper’s stray lyric? African-American support for the GOP has plunged so much that a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found Mitt Romney capturing 0.0% of the black vote. So if Minaj (who was born in Trinidad) had actually been a Romney backer, she might have been something of a rarity (along with politicians like Utah’s Mia Love) in the black electorate. After Minaj’s lyric was made public, the hip-hop star received a number of threatening tweets attacking her for what seemed to be her political views.
As of press time Minaj had not addressed the issue on Twitter, and her publicists have not returned any requests for comment. The president, though, said he tends to pay less attention to any ribbing he receives from celebrities.
“The truth is when it comes to music and movies, etc. Michelle and I just focus on who’s good,” Obama concluded. “Look, I love Clint Eastwood movies, man.”