Any music video featuring a parental advisory disclaimer begs for attention on all forms of media. But Nicki Minaj’s new music video “Anaconda” makes viewers question where our generation is headed in terms of entertainment.
The almost-five minute, grueling production needs a parental advisory warning to limit the ages of viewers — that’s how raunchy Nicki gets for an otherwise catchy song. So what is all the buzz about that’s making celebrities and YouTube stars jump to make a parody?
The content of the video is nothing short of horrendous and disrespectful to women. The introduction shows scantily-clad dancers in their underwear, while Nicki is in chain links, leaving nothing to the imagination.
To make matters worse, the short shorts are followed by a meaningless workout portion where again, Minaj wears close to nothing. As a whole, there is no central theme, adding to the pointless and provocative chaos.
If videos like this become so popular, with over a hundred million views, what have our values as a society come to?
Famous funny woman Ellen Degeneres capitalized on the video’s success, making her own hilarious version of the song while mocking its raciness. Ellen appears in short jean shorts and tights, trying her best to twerk without laughing. This is probably the only version worth watching, though.
Minaj herself viewed the spoof while the audience on the live talk show laughed and enjoyed the lighthearted video, which provides a stark contrast with the actual VEVO version.
This questionable behavior turned viral video isn’t a first for Minaj. She has released numerous videos that advertise sex, drug usage and superficial values. Whether she admits it or not, her videos are degrading to women as well as men.
“Anaconda” implies that it is okay for men to value women based on the size of their butts, something that our culture has begun accepting and promoting. Women with insecurities and interest for attention create these “music” videos, showcasing their assets. The sad thing is, Minaj has grown in popularity over the years.
Maybe it’s time for our culture to re-evaluate our standards of beauty, and the dynamic between male and female interactions. Why are we accepting such crude, explicit behavior as normal and desired?
Save yourself the time and “oh my gosh, look at” something other than her butt and music videos.