Nicki Minaj was probably already scheduled to appear on Good Morning America Friday, but since she's embroiled in a conversation about feminism and racism with Taylor Swift and MTV's Video Music Awards, she was given the opportunity to open up more about the point she was trying to make in her recent tweets.
And this time, she brought data to make her point.
"I posted something on my Instagram, and it just showed the stats of other videos that had been nominated previously, and there just seemed to be a little funny business going on," Minaj said to cheers from the audience.
She is confident that if her video "Anaconda" had featured slimmer models or had been done by one of the white pop starlets, it would have been nominated for Video of the Year.
"I do think if it was one of the pop girls, they would have had many nominations for it. … I got two nominations for 'Anaconda': for [best] female and for [best] hip-hop, but it should've been for [Video of] the Year, and that's all we were saying.
" 'Anaconda' had such a huge cultural impact, and on top of that, we broke the Vevo record," she continued.
Minaj went on to explain how this entire ordeal speaks to a broader point about how one type of female body frame is celebrated by the mainstream, and why she thinks it's high time we change that idea.
"I think that we just have to have both images for girls. We can't have only one type of body being glorified in the media, because it just makes girls even more insecure than we already are," she said.
The crowd roared.
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features expert advice with scarily insightful people. FollowLectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.