Nicki Minaj Criticised For Cultural Appropriation Over SNL Performance

21 May 2018, 16:45 | Updated: 21 May 2018, 16:48

Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj. Picture: YouTube

The 'Chun Li' rapper has been called out for appropriating Japanese culture...

Nicki Minaj is currently facing a backlash over her performance of ‘Chun Li’ during an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

The New York rapper, who was featured as a musical guest on the series finale over the weekend, performed her latest single wearing a traditional Japanese outfit.

Watch the performance below:

Nicki Minaj: Chun-Li (Live) - SNL

Minaj also wore chopsticks in her hair and had a number of Asian backup dancers, as well as an oriental-themed background.

Following the performance ahead of her new album ‘Queen’, fans took to Twitter to accuse Nicki Minaj of appropriating oriental culture.

See some of the comments below:

Interestingly, Nicki Minaj slammed the fashion industry for cultural appropriation during New York fashion week last year.

“Thank you for including our culture,” she said at the Philipp Plein Spring/Summer runway show.

“Designers get really big, really rich off of our culture, and then you don’t see a mother*cker that look anything like us in the front row half the time.”

Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj lost out to her rumoured rival Cardi B at the Billboard Awards this weekend.

Cardi won the award for Top Female Rap Artist, beating Nicki Minaj and social media sensation Bhad Bhabie.

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