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07:41 | 28th May 2017

Entertainment News: News

Wed 11 May, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


The fact that she came back out with just so much fire inspires me, and it inspires young women and people all over the world. It just inspires you

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US rap sensation Nicki Minaj has opened up in a tell all interview where she discusses her new found friend in Britney Spears and Eminem’s use of homophobic language in his latest single.

Prominent gay rights advocate Minaj has spoken out about a number of issues including Britney Spears and Eminem's homophobic slur.

Minaj lends her vocals to Ms Spears latest hit record Till The World Ends in a remix also featuring Ke$ha and is also preparing to be the main supporting act for Britney as she embarks on her Femme Fatale tour.

Discussing the pop princess, she said: "…I feel like she has experienced life as an underdog, and I feel like my whole career I've been the underdog.

I think that it just goes to show that when you are a strong woman, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter. You bounce back from whatever. And I think she’s probably gone through 10 times whatever I’ve gone through.

But the fact that she came back out with just so much fire inspires me, and it inspires young women and people all over the world. It just inspires you. A lot of my fans feel like they are the underdog and feel like they are the people who aren’t ever accepted for themselves, or who are laughed at or poked fun at forever. It just goes to show that once you keep at whatever it is you’re doing, people may not like you, people may not love you, but they will have to respect you at the end of the day. And that respect is all that matters."

Eminem has once again come under-fire following his views of the LGBT community after he featured homophobic lyrics in his latest song Roman’s Revenge, which features Minaj, where the controversial Slim Shady rapper uses the word “faggot”.

Discussing the derogatory slur, she said:

"You know, if I’m being honest, I didn’t like [him using it]. I spoke to everyone I knew about it. I spoke to my hairdresser, who’s one of my closest friends. I sat him down and said, “Terrence, what do you think about this? How does this make you feel?” And we had a long, long talk. And he said he didn’t feel like Eminem was talking about a gay person. He felt like it was a word being used to describe a straight man, and he didn’t take offense to it. It’s Eminem — I felt like we were creating a movie. And in the same way, I feel like if you were to watch your favorite actor or actress say “faggot” or say “nigger” in a movie, you don’t hate them because it’s like they’re playing a role."

" 'Roman’s Revenge' was more like a theatrical piece. I was a character and [Eminem] was a character. This was Slim Shady and Roman. Of course, when it comes to creativity, there’s such a thin line between creativity and something being offensive. But one thing I knew for sure was that my gay fan base knows about how I feel about them, and I’ve embraced them from the beginning — since my mix-tape days. [Reaching out to gay fans wasn't something I did] once I came into pop culture just to try and get some extra fans. So I felt like the positive would outweigh the negative, and we just kept moving with that."

 

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