It also happens to be turning up dialogue on the intersection of women, sex symbolism and generational impact. Nicki’s fellow femcee and film co-star Eve, who happens to be seasoned in the rap game since her 1998 breakthrough, stepped up first to open the conversation. Taking to her new seat as a co-host on The Talk, Eve explained that she got to know Nicki outside of the hip-hop landscape working beside her as a cast mate for Barbershop 3. She added that Ms. Minaj is a “nice person,” “amazing rapper” and that she even respects her as a female lyricist.
“But as a woman, from my point of view, personally I would not be able to do that,” she said of Nicki’s magazine cover. “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.”
Coming up as a female artist in the male-dominated rap circle, Eve expressed that she especially acknowledged her impact on young girls.
“Not that you want to become a role model, but it is what you are,” she concluded.
Despite Eve further defending her commentary via Twitter, the Barbz army is on full massive attack mode for what they’ve deemed Eve’s shade at Nicki, and they aren’t letting the Ruff Ryders first lady forget about her X-rated past either.
A lot of ya’ll need to calm down AND LISTEN to what I said. I am speaking from the place I am TODAY as WOMAN and how I feel NOW!!!— Eve (@TheRealEve) November 16, 2017
Eve is the stereotypical black person that likes to forget where she came from and turn her nose up to anything that doesn't fit her new 'persona' . Nicki Minaj doing the paper magazine shoot is nothing compared to her past. pic.twitter.com/z2nwHp2q7M— Tiffany Jonas-Mars (@Tiffjmb) November 16, 2017
Eve is full of shit. Instead of shaming Nicki Minaj for owning her sexuality as a GROWN woman she could have used that opportunity to talk more about the success of a fellow Black female rapper. https://t.co/FvVWWug9Rr— Ᏸecca (@MJStarLover) November 16, 2017
Eve got a whole sextape out w/ Stevie J.. what we won’t do is bash Nicki Minaj.— Kenny G ❄️ (@DaRealKhefner) November 15, 2017
I’ll slap the shit out of Eve , it’s not Nicki Minaj job to raise your fast ass kids. We saw your pussy on camera growing up and that didn’t stop us from respecting you. Yes I’m mad— Your Step Mom 👑 (@KaseCakes) November 16, 2017
Black women are subject to hyperosexual perceptions. Nicki is capitalising on that just like Eve once did. Now Eve has seen different money she's publicly shaming Nicki. Funny.— ShomiTheMonayyy🗼 (@Shomicita) November 16, 2017
Nicki being on American Idol was a HOBBY.— Allan (@swaggerbot17) November 16, 2017
Eve, Remy and Da Brat's lives DEPEND on their TV jobs, soooo ...😂
miss eve baby.... wasn’t you getting fingered fucked on camera? when you had that blonde ass buzzcut looking like a little boy? girl sit the hell down some where we don’t want to hear your opinion & sharon osbourne listen here old bitch.... keep nicki’s name out your mouth. https://t.co/18nIKzjbko— mugler (@trapaesthetic) November 15, 2017
Y’all know I don’t care for Nicki. And I love Eve…but I don’t agree with her. I hate when parents try to shame celebs into being role models. It is not a random celebrity’s job to raise your child. Whose fault is it that your kid is looking at a stranger as their “role model”? pic.twitter.com/GTQ1Th4L9W— Thieving Thottie 🍭 (@estinebee) November 16, 2017
I just seen eve sex tape lord ,I️ hope your white step kids don’t see it pic.twitter.com/XbV4kHWqy7— 🍷🍷🍷🍷 (@LanaDelSlayRey) November 16, 2017
Nicki Minaj settled Eve’s line of critique forever ago: pic.twitter.com/U8BJdNg082— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) November 16, 2017
Eve has Porn video and Nicki Minaj don’t pic.twitter.com/gEb8gHp5Q2— Carlos Eduardo (@carlosed138) November 16, 2017
Me after watching that video of Eve talking about Nicki Minaj pic.twitter.com/Nq19b1j6wy— This Woman (@KingThandie) November 16, 2017
Eve is judging Nicki Minaj’s Paper Magazine cover ... pic.twitter.com/6OobYSn39f— Micia Girl Dot Com (@_miciagirl) November 16, 2017
(Photos from left: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic, Jeff Vespa/WireImage)