Nicki Minaj Criticized By National Alliance On Mental Illness
The 33-year-old rapper posted the video on Monday while in Miami Beach, Florida.
In the video, Minaj appears to be filming from a car talking to an older woman on the sidewalk.
It's hard to hear for sure, but the older woman appears to shout at Minaj,
I don't need your social help!
Minaj shouts back at her, laughing,
What'd you say? Miss! Come here!
The woman begins walking away, and turns back to shout,
Minaj laughs and continues shouting after her, saying,
What did I do? Miss, you look nice, can we talk? Miss! Come here!
While there is no official diagnosis to point to, many criticizing Minaj suspect the woman may have a mental illness of some sort.
Nobody would make fun of a cancer patient, and mental illness is an illness like any other.
The organization confirmed the statement on its website, and went on to elaborate,
Mental illness is no laughing matter, but unfortunately attitudes like the one Nicki Minaj shows in the Instagram video are a consequence of the stigma and ignorance that mentally ill patients endure. One in 5 people in the United States will suffer from a mental illness at least once in their lifetime. That means anyone can be affected by it, even celebrities. It is sad to see a big star like Nicki Minaj using her influence among young people in a negative manner such as this. Nobody would make fun of a cancer patient, and mental illness is an illness like any other. Also, Minaj invaded a woman's privacy, and in so doing dehumanized and objectified her.
Nicki Minaj currently has nearly 70 million followers on Instagram, and the video in question has been viewed nearly 2 million times since its upload a day ago.
Some commenters on the video expressed disappointment in Minaj's behavior, while others came to the singer's defense, or expressed doubt the woman was indeed, mentally ill.
Still others insisted it did not matter whether the woman was mentally ill or not.
Minaj herself has yet to comment on the video or alter the post in anyway.