Madame Tussauds Berlin unveiled their latest waxwork of singer/rapper Nicki Minaj this week, and unfortunately it did NOT garner the response they were first expecting.
The figurine is supposed to be a replica of Minaj in her 2014 music video for Anaconda, showing her hair scraped back into a long ponytail while on all fours. However, it’s received a LOT of backlash online…
the new Nicki Minaj wax figure in Berlin isn't…great… 😅 pic.twitter.com/zKNythVOMo— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) January 7, 2020
One person tweeted: “To whoever made this wax figure – ARE YOU FREAKING BLIND? HOW DARE YOU DO THAT TO THE QUEEN. YA GOT ME F**KED UP. AND YOU KNOW WHY I’M EVEN MORE UPSET? Look at her tattoo. The Chinese symbols aren’t the same. Ya got me fucked up @NICKIMINAJ @MadameTussauds #nickiminaj #madametussauds.”
Another added: “I’m not even the biggest Nicki Minaj fan but even I know THIS IS DISRESPECTFUL!!!”
I don’t know how but that Nicki Minaj wax figure is absolutely racism. 😭 pic.twitter.com/qFjk89wyRn— D ® E W | K A N G (@drewscotty) January 7, 2020
However, this isn’t the first time that Nicki Minaj’s waxwork has been called out on social media, as it first premiered in Las Vega’s Madame Tussauds back in 2014. At the time, Madame Tussaud’s had issued a statement, apologising for any offence the waxwork may have caused.
“Madame Tussauds attractions are interactive, immersive experiences, and our visitors are generally respectful towards the wax figures.
“It is unfortunate that this visitor decided to behave so inappropriately and we apologisefor any offence this has caused.
Statement regarding Nicki Minaj’s Madame Tussauds wax figure pic.twitter.com/tnnyZL0BNX— Madame Tussauds LV (@TussaudsVegas) August 18, 2015
“We do have staff monitoring guest behaviour in the attraction and do our utmost to ensure our wax figures are treated respectfully, but on this occasion clearly one of our hosts was not present.
“We are taking immediate steps to ensure more staff are present in this area and that the set around this particular figure is redesigned so that a picture like this cannot be taken again.”
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