[artist id="3055069"]Nicki Minaj[/artist] just might be the one to bridge the gap.
The 25-year-old female MC hasn't even released her debut album, Pink Friday, yet, but already her quirky hooks and outrageous fashion have made her one to watch in the gay community. Minaj has a bevy of gay fans, and she's hoping that she'll be the one to spearhead a movement to eradicate homophobia in hip-hop. She talks up her gay fans, her bi-curious lyrics and her embrace of her female following in the latest issue of Out magazine, hitting shelves next week.
"I started making it my business to say things that would empower women, like, 'Where my bad bitches at?' to let them know, 'I'm here for you,' " Minaj says of her female followers. "Then, when I started going to the shows and it was nothing but girls, it was like, 'Did I go too far with embracing my girls?' Because now they want to kiss and hug me."
Minaj, whose many aliases include the Harajuku Barbie, said the haters really came out when she embraced that particular image, which surprised her.
At MTV Video Music Awards pre-show on Sunday, Minaj performed in a pink-and-purple spacesuit and a cotton-candy-colored wig. She appeared as a Barbie landing from outer space, popping and locking with robotic moves.
"It's interesting that people have more negative things to say about me saying, 'I'm Barbie,' than me saying, 'I'm a bad bitch,' " she told the magazine. "Once I figure something is irritating people, I'm going to do it more because I like to get on your nerves until you realize how f---ing stupid you are."
Instead, Minaj said, she'd rather focus on what a homophobia-free rap world might look like, hinting at a tour with her mentor, Lil Wayne.
"Normally, Wayne probably wouldn't have gay guys coming to see his shows much, but they're definitely a big part of my movement, and I hope they'd still come out and see me," she said. "I think that will be really, really interesting, just to start bridging that gap. We'll see."
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