Et tu, Ellen?
Black Twitter is putting Ellen DeGeneres on blast after the talk show host presented a “very exclusive sneak peek” of the upcoming ABC Family sitcom about Nicki Minaj’s early life. The parody sketch was aiming for funny, but took a left turn into casual racism when the "butt" of every joke was Nicki's derriere.
The skit featured members of a Black family frustratingly trying to navigate their home with their big butts getting in their way. The little girl character, based on a young Nicki, was made to bend over as she was introduced.
"C’mon @TheEllenShow a parody about Nicki Minaj’s new sitcom is just…making fun of her body?" tweeted MTV host Franchesca Ramsey, while another viewer wrote, "that Nicki parody on Ellen wasn't funny. it was actually offensive; which, saddens me because I love Ellen."
Watch the skit here to judge for yourself.
Watch Nicki in all her complexity as she delivered one of the most honest acceptance speeches of her life at the 2014 BET Awards below:
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(Photo: The Ellen Show via NBC)