Nicki Minaj Romney endorsement has huge media implications

“Nicki Minaj Romney endorsement” has been a frequent by-line in the last few days (most prominently CNNPolitico and New York Magazine).

As Clint Eastwood pointed out last week in his speech to the Republican National Convention:

“There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood. It is just that the conservative people by the nature of the word itself play closer to the vest. They do not go around hot dogging it.”

It turns out that the Nicki Minaj Romney endorsement isn’t an endorsement per se, but one line in a song.  By that high journalistic standard I thought it might be interesting to examine other things we can learn about Nicki Minaj from her song lyrics (thanks to

By the standards of the Nicki Minaj Romney endorsement, what else do we know about her?

Nicki Minaj drives a beat-up car (from her song “Starships”): “Jump in my hooptie hooptie hoop”

Discussion: A hooptie is a beat-up car.  A term rooted in the 1950’s and brought into the collective consciousness by hometown hero (and one of my favorites) Sir-Mix-A-Lot.  Possibly a critique of the auto bailout?

Nicki Minaj is in dire financial straits (from her song “Starships”): “And I ain’t paying my rent this month – I owe that.”

Discussion: The economy a big issue in politics, and times are tough for many.  Apparently, Minaj is no exception.  With an estimated net worth of $14 million, this may be an indictment of the housing market as well?

Nicki Minaj has a soft-spot for well-dressed drug dealers (from her song “Super Bass”): “he might sell coke…you’re so shy and I’m loving your tie”

Discussion: This may be an indictment of the lack of jobs available, the lackadaisical turn that war on drugs has taken, or a searing rebuke of casual Friday.

Nicki Minaj is not a good listener (from her song “Beez in the trap”): “A hundred muthaf****** can’t tell me nuthin'”

Discussion:  This may not be about her, but may be about the lack of understanding that politicians show for her generation.

Nicki Minaj is the representative of the millenial generation (from her song “Fly”): “I represent an entire generation”

Discussion:  Because she is the sole representative for millenials, we must make the broader assumption that millenials all endorse Mitt Romney.  Her lyrics did say as much, so it must be true.

What?  The Nicki Minaj Romney endorsement isn’t real?

For all that has been written about the Nicki Minaj Romney endorsement, it turns out that she’s not even a registered voter.  It’s too soon to tell whether this will cause a paradigm shift in the media.

Does John Mayer not care about our daughters?  Is Kim Zolziac not tardy for the party?  Does Justin Beiber not pine to be my boyfriend?  Should I not call Carly Rae Jepsen (maybe)?

What will journalists and bloggers do differently if they can’t literally interpret every song lyric as the personal viewpoint of its singer?   I shudder to think.

Jim Dougherty

Jim Dougherty

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  • Beth McShane

    You’ve gone completely rogue on this one, Jim! 😛

    • jimdougherty

      So true. Thanks for reading and commenting, Beth! Hope Portland is treating you as well as you deserve!