Rapper Eve has been forced to clarify her comments about Nicki Minaj after fans criticized her for being hypocritical. The newest host of CBS’ “The Talk” said on the show Wednesday that she respects the star as a lyricist. However, Eve indicated she didn’t think a sex-themed shoot was appropriate in a world where sexual assault is front-page news.
“But as a woman, from my point of view, personally, I would not be able to do that,” Eve said Nov. 15 of the racy “Minaj à Trois” Paper magazine cover. “I think in this climate, it’s not good. I think every artist has a right to express themselves however they want to express themselves and I respect that as well. For me personally, as I started coming up in the business, I started realizing that young girls were looking up to me and younger people were looking up to me, and that, not that you want to be a role model, but … it is what you are.”
“As I’ve gotten older [I’ve] learned I’d just rather be a voice that’s uplifting,” she added. “I can be a voice for those girls that might not have a voice, in a different way without showing myself off…For the Nicki fans, because I know I’m gonna get some tweets from her fans, honey … I love her, respect her. Go women in hip hop. It’s not my thing. I just don’t think it’s right. Personally. Period. That’s it.”
Well, Eve called it and fans instantly tore into her over her past as a stripper, which she took up at 17 to earn money to leave her mother’s house.
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They also called out her leaked sex tape with ex-boyfriend Stevie J, both of which came back to haunt her during her career.
Eve, you literally had a sex tape with Stevie J. We didn’t forget. Having a sense of sexuality didn’t lesson your ability to be a positive role model and the same applies to Nicki. Period. https://t.co/L8aV1TJP2O
— Shahem . (@pettyblackboy) November 16, 2017
Me after watching that video of Eve talking about Nicki Minaj pic.twitter.com/Nq19b1j6wy
— This Woman (@KingThandie) November 16, 2017
Yet some defended — and even agreed with — the rapper.
The key word Eve said was “personally”.
You know, that means for herself.
She’s on a talk show called The Talk…to talk, while getting paid.
Y’all give opinions on people for free all day on here…that nobody asks for.
— Afro-LightskinO. (@itsKARY_) November 16, 2017
i see NO lies on what Eve said. Yes Queen, shake up THE TALK! I️m here for it. pic.twitter.com/mg8uvk3Qww
— Número Uno ☝🏾 (@THEmale_madonna) November 16, 2017
1. Watch the video.
2. Eve’s past is irrelevant. Her point is, Nicki shouldn’t be doing this at this stage in her career.
3. Eve made it explicitly clear this is just her opinion and we can all do our thing.
4. Celebs are role models whether they like it or not.
— Post-Nut Clarity (@GreyThoughts) November 16, 2017
However, Eve held her own against the haters.
A lot of ya’ll need to calm down AND LISTEN to what I said. I am speaking from the place I am TODAY as WOMAN and how I feel NOW!!!
— EVE (@TheRealEve) November 16, 2017
Eve, who made her debut on the daytime talk show Tuesday, Nov. 14, will likely be discussing more hot topics as the season rolls on.
“We are thrilled to welcome Eve to the table as she brings a fun and fresh perspective to our already diverse panel,” CBS executive of vice president of daytime Angelica McDaniel said in a statement.