A blow-up between Nicki Minaj and writer Wanna Thompson shook up Twitter over the weekend after the now-former Karen Civil employee’s tweet that criticized the Queen raptress’ musical subject matter and jabbed that “she’s touching 40 soon” so “a new direction is needed.”
Shortly after, as Thompson revealed from a screenshot, Nicki slid into her DMs with a response to the criticism, specifically calling out the shot Thompson took at her age. In response to her critique, The Pinkprint femcee also named a number of singles and hit songs from her previous album that addressed Thompson’s call for “mature content” from the Barbie music vault.
“And what does that have to do with my music?” Nicki wrote. “Eat a d**k you hating a** hoe. Got the nerve to have a trini flag on ur page. You must not have heard ‘The Pinkprint.’ Or ‘Pills N Potions,’ ‘Bed Of Lies,’ ‘Save Me,’ my recent feature with Alicia Keys, Tasha Cobbs. Just say u jealous I’m rich, famous, intelligent, pretty and go! But wait! Leave my balls! Tired of u sucking them.”
Thompson posted the DM from Nicki on her timeline, pointing out that she’d been insulted numerous times over an “innocent music opinion” and calling out the Barbs Army, who swarmed to her DMs with death threats and harassment. The exchange quickly racked up retweets and a heated debate between the Barbs Army, anti-Nicki proponents, and everyone in between. And after another incident spurred in the midst of the controversy, Thompson’s termination from Karen Civil, Nicki’s name shot to the top of Twitter’s trending topics as the Twitterverse went blow for blow in defense or disapproval of the Barb honcho’s clapback.
See the tweet that sparked the tension, Nicki’s response and what fans (and non-fans) had to say about it all below.
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