You’ve got to give it to Azealia Banks. She called it on this one.
Last week, the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas unveiled its latest star attraction: a provocatively posed likeness of Nicki Minaj.
According to a press release, the figure, which recreates a scene from the rapper’s record-setting “Anaconda” video, took nearly six months to create and required hundreds of “precise” body measurements to get right.
While Nicki wasn’t in Vegas for the big reveal on Aug. 4, she spent the afternoon Instagramming her appreciation.
“They had the dancers ready and everything,” she gushed in one caption. “so iconic. Thank u.”
Rapper Azealia Banks, however, thought positioning Minaj on all fours was disrespectful and took to Twitter to share her disgust.
She wanted to know why Minaj — a successful rapper and mogul — wasn’t depicted standing up with a mic in her hand.
(Which, interestingly enough, is exactly how Madame Tussauds depicts most of Minaj’s peers.)
The Harlem rapper went on to call the situation shady, expressing concern that the figure encourages museumgoers to engage in objectifying behaviors.
Now, less than a week after Banks’s Twitter rant, she seems to have been proven at least partially right. Tourists have been taking photos of themselves miming sex acts with the statue and posting them on social media.
First, there were the frisky ladies Minaj laughed off on Instagram.
Then there was this fellow:
And then there was this:
Which, as Banks reminded everyone this morning, is exactly the type of thing she was worried about.