Last night, Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to promote her new song with DJ Mustard and Jeremih.
In the midst of her tweets, a fan expressed disappointment that Nicki could find time to tweet about her song but not acknowledge anything that happened with the Orlando massacre.
Shortly after, the fan shared news that Nicki had unfollowed him due to his questioning — along with screenshots.
The situation turned into a debate on Twitter — largely about whether or not Nicki (or other celebrities) are obligated to use their platforms to speak on social issues.
Many argue that Nicki, who owes a lot of her success to her LGBT fanbase, SHOULD at least acknowledge what happened in Orlando.
I'm disappointed I thought Nicki would come online and tweet about the tragedies but, she's promoting a song. oh well.
— johnny (@jxhnnybxrrios) June 15, 2016
Nicki Minaj was more vocal about not getting nominated for a VMA than about the Orlando shooting smh
— . (@leooa_) June 16, 2016
I think it's important for @NICKIMINAJ to acknowledge what happened in Orlando now more than ever. She just silenced a fan for wanting
— Vinny (@_vinnylopez) June 15, 2016
I love love love Nicki Minaj, but how do you have a huge gay fan base and not acknowledge Orlando? And instead promote a new song…
— Paul Roysdon (@PAULR0YSD0N) June 16, 2016
But other Barbz feel she shouldn’t.
@NICKIMINAJ is not obligated to comment on Orlando. Neither are the other artists y'all trying to drag. ????
— Alonso Ortiz (@Lil_Mec) June 16, 2016
My thoughts on Nicki Minaj. She doesn't have to tweet about the Orlando victims actions speak way louder than words why tweet when help them
— Finessa Queen???? (@KyraPete) June 16, 2016
Nicki continued to promote her song while being questioned, but the rapper also began favoriting tweets about not needing to speak on the tragedy if she doesn’t want to.
Nicki also favorited a tweet dissing Perez Hilton for his comments on her silence, but he swooped in with a READ.
I see that @NICKIMINAJ liked this tweet. Yes, I love sucking dick. But mine are all over 18, unlike her brother. xo https://t.co/fsd407Ipwe
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) June 16, 2016
Nicki eventually responded to the criticism, but basically laughed it all off.
U bet ur bottom dollar. ????????????God is sooooo good. Love u guys. Thank u???????????????????????? https://t.co/Wz4Owv5ajT
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) June 16, 2016
How do you feel, love muffins? Should Nicki have spoken out on the Orlando shooting — or is she justified in ignoring it?
Whether she speaks on it or not his her choice. However, we think the fact she’d rather intentionally laugh it off and make jokes than issue a simple acknowledgement is a little…tacky.