Bisexual hip pop star Nicki Minaj likes to call herself the new "black Barbie," a term stolen from Lil' Kim's lyric book that reduces her to a race plus plasticity and superficiality. Another reduction she loves to use is her nickname for gay men, which is "KenBarb." According to Nicki, I am, as a gay dude, not quite a man, not quite a woman.
Whatever, it's just a nickname that's not intentionally offensive and actually does describe how some gay guys, though not all, feel about themselves. But Nicki, who last week had the second highest one-week album sales by a female hip-hop artist (after Lauryn Hill), came off a little more naive and gender binary-pushing in a recent interview with the UK's Observer. What she said:
...women are so multifaceted. Men don't understand that because they wake up and they're the same person unless you're a KenBarb and you can understand the girls.
Cool, Nicki. I'll put aside the several things that are kind of wrong with this statement (including one of the stereotypes that is most embedded in the minds of mainstream America about gays, that all gay men love women), if you bring your millions-selling records to a female- and/or gay-run record company, and try working with one, just one, girl producer on your next album.