Upon hearing the news that the school which inspired the movie and TV show Fame, a high school of the performing arts, declined a request from Nicki Minaj to speak, I was relieved. Finally, someone had told the obnoxious and offensive Ms. Minaj, that her inappropriate antics would not be encouraged at this venue.
The news was revealed by Nicki herself on Twitter as she attempted to get some feedback from her followers when she tweeted,
“I wanted to go back to my HS and speak to the students but the new principal declined. No need for me to inspire them, I guess. Smh (Nicki MInaj, 9-11-14).”
She went on to add some sarcasm tinged with a little of truthful insecurity from deep within her subconscious, in her next tweet. Sure she acts like she’s better than everyone, and pretends to have it all; the glamour, the fame, the money, and whatever else that comes with, but the first question in her mind was,
“I guess I’m not good enough (Nicki Minaj, 9-11-14).”
That could be one scenario. There is another one though. It’s called PR, or public relations and free publicity.
The Huffington Post reported that she wanted to bring cameras to the school to film a reality show, and the school declined but said she could speak without them. So in reality it was Nicki Minaj who prevented herself from speaking and seems to be using the event to generate publicity. So what did she do? She tried to book herself at the school to speak to the students, which is stunningly simple to do, unless she wants to film people’s kids for television or videos in which she might be performing half naked with a chair. Instead of speaking to the students and inspiring them without the cameras, she attempted to make the principal of LaGuardia High School in NYC look bad on Twiiter to generate some headlines.
Did she expect to set herself up as the victim and generate sympathy or just use it as an odd situation to keep her name in the news? It was probably both, but at the same time, subconsciously, she had to be thinking, “I’m Nicki Minaj, why don’t they just let me do whatever I want at the school, cameras and all? If I was Madonna would they treat me this way? If I was Michael Jackson they would expect cameras to be there?” Well, the truth is Nicki ain’t Madonna or Michael. She’s in reality on a much lower rung of entertainment than that. She’s not talented enough to be treated like royalty at a performing arts High School. Twenty-five percent of her talent is her ass.
Almost all of the comments I’ve read agree with the decision for her not to speak and consider her a poor role model for kids in general, not just ones who are being taught to use their talents in life.
A spokesperson for The Department of Education told GossipCop, “Of course alumni are welcome back to our campuses and we love to celebrate their success, providing it does not interrupt the educational process. Alumni visit all the time and address students.
“However, we do not allow reality TV to be filmed on school property. For documentaries, any visit to a public school must be educational in nature and cannot intrude on instruction,” the spokesman said. (Huffington Post, 9-12-14)
Even though this is a simple case publicity generation, it seems that the public would rather Nicki stay in her lane and away from education. At some point one has to wonder what message she sends to uninformed minds. Does money and fame matter above every other principal in life? And if so, what kind of World is that to live in? Why would you encourage the behavior of Nicki Minaj just because she makes money? Would you encourage your daughter to become a stripper too? I hear some of them make lots of money.