In a recent study, they rank as the biggest negative influences on kids under the age of 10. We disagree.
2. She's a feminist, and believes her sexiness, which is a target in this survey that labels her a negative influence, is what makes her beautiful. In a 2013 interview with Vogue, Minaj touches on what being feminism means to her, saying:
"I think of myself as a woman who wants other women to be bosses and to be strong and to be go-getters. I’ve always said that, since I came in the game, even when I was doing mixtapes. I don’t know. There are things that I do that feminists don’t like, and there are things that I do that they do like. I don’t label myself. I just say the truth about what I feel: I feel like women can do anything that they put their minds to. That’s really the truth—I started off with just a dream.
There are sexual things that I do that aren’t for a man. I feel empowered sometimes by being sexy and being comfortable enough to be sexy on camera—a lot of woman struggle with that. But there are some days that I don’t want anyone to see me. I’m just a regular girl. Some days I’m super strong; some days I’m super insecure. But I don’t really identify with any particular label. I just speak my truth and if people like it, they like it, and if they bash it, they bash it."
3. She wants racial equality. Her recent VMA blunder with Taylor Swift regarding Video of the Year at the VMAs brought to light an important message regarding the music's industry race problem - her video for "Anaconda," according to her, should have been nominated but wasn't. She criticized MTV for celebrating "women with very slim bodies" and not acknowledging black women's impact in pop culture.
Look, if your kids do decide to learn Miley's VMA twerking routine or shake their ass like Nicki Minaj in "Anaconda," more power to them. By the way, more than half said Kanye West (56%) and Justin Bieber (55%) were poor role models, but we're still waiting for a few more examples from each before we follow-up.