The sketch was on the latest episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and came in response to news Minaj would be producing a sitcom based on her childhood growing up in Queens, New York.
But it was slammed for being a “lazy, tasteless” sketch by some - with others comparing it to a minstrel show.
In it, Minaj is portrayed as a young schoolgirl with a gigantic bottom, and the rest of her family, including the dog, are seen knocking things over every time they turn around.
Ellen/Nicki Minaj SKit
Yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres aired a skit about an upcoming sitcom around Nicki Minaj's childhood. It featured a little black girl, a black woman and man with extremely large butts. Watch below, and you tell us whether you think sexualizing little black girls is okay. #SOUNDOFFPosted by Colorlines on Tuesday, 13 October 2015
Many were surprised at the cruel take-down given Minaj has made many appearances on the talk show and DeGeneres has been a huge supporter of the singer.
But while Minaj is usually in on the joke - such as DeGeneres’ parody of her "Anaconda" video - many felt this was an unnecessary swipe.
the Ellen show has been garbage TV for a while-only interested in rewarding gay white mediocrity, but the Nicki Minaj sketch = last straw.— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) October 13, 2015
Ellen DeGeneres disappointed me w/ that Nicki Minaj skit. It was lazy and tasteless at best. Racist & a modern day minstrel show at worst.— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) October 13, 2015
DeGeneres has not spoken out about the fallout from the clip. The Independent has contacted CBS and DeGeneres for comment.Reuse content