Not trying to be Slate-ey here, but why is this cool to people? Her mentor, she says, is Lil’ Wayne, a guy who’s apparently so big of an asshole that he orders people on music video sets to not talk to him before he blows weed smoke in their faces. With that as a guide for how to treat people, Nicki has come to believe that “standing up for herself” means walking away from photo shoots because the catering isn’t good enough. I get that the point is there exists a double standard in how people react to female assholes and male assholes, but that doesn’t give you license to be an asshole. Nicki Minaj sounds like a jerk.
Sorry, no. Nicki explained this perfectly and she has every right to act how she wants to act. She isn’t demanding - she’s asking. Her fame isn’t a fluke, even if the quality of music isn’t as high up as it once was. She actually worked to get where she is and grew professional legs on the strength of hustling. And if it’s a crime to expect professionalism from people and publications to which you’re giving your time and celebrity, then yes. You do have a right to walk out of a photo shoot if something isn’t in ship-shape.
I did a shoot with Nicki once, and we were told beforehand that it would have to be professional or she would leave. My knee-jerk was to call her a diva, but how can you knock someone for climbing the ranks and not getting respect for that? Wayne might tell people to not even look at him, and yes, that makes him a prick. But Nicki doesn’t do that. She’s personable and on-point. Would you say the same thing about a high-level executive working on Wall Street who walks out of a business meeting because things aren’t going according to schedule, or if the ones holding the meeting were unprepared? No.
Also, the pickle juice was a metaphor, brah.
“Professionalism” is pretty arbitrary, and walking out of something is a pretty extreme action though. I don’t care what she does, but I hope people don’t like, admire this kind of behavior