Nicki Minaj has responded to the outcry over her use of a civil rights icon’s image to promote her new single.
On Wednesday, the hip-hop star released artwork on her website to promote her new single, “Looking A– N—–.” It featured the late Malcolm X holding an high-powered rifle while looking out a window, with her name and the single title superimposed on the image. (According to USA Today, the image is from a 1964 issue of Ebony magazine.)
Minaj immediately felt criticism upon posting the artwork, and took to Instagram Thursday to address the backlash. She posted a photo of herself from the the single’s video shoot holding a rifle, along with a lengthy message addressing her critics.