It seems the loop is finally closed on the bizarre story of non-voting rapper Nicki Minaj's apparent lyrical "endorsement" of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Her "I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy b——es are f—-ing up the economy" had Twitter followers hoping for her death, and more serious commentators questioning the responsibility of artists to their impressionable fans and whether the statement was an accurate reflection of her conservative sentiment.
But as it turns out, the most on-point assessment of the verse was "But, in the same rap, Minaj also mentions hanging out with zombies, so it's hard to say exactly what it all means." In other words: It meant nothing. That was essentially the view President Obama took when asked to respond to the news this week, and his take earned a gleeful response from "Barbz" herself.
From Rolling Out:
"I'm not sure that's actually what happened," Obama explained, when asked if he'd heard that Minaj might vote for Romney. "I think she had a song on there, a little rap that said that, but she likes to play different characters. So I don't know what's going on there."
Well, apparently President Obama hit the nail on the head and Minaj took to Twitter on Monday, Sept. 10, to thank Obama for understanding her sense of humor.
"Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do … *sends love & support*" Minaj wrote.
Minaj also gushed about getting some attention from the Commander In Chief.
"Awesome! Now I can tell my grandchildren that the 1st black President of the United States took the time to address a Nicki Minaj question," said Minaj.
"Thanks haters!" she added, "Lmaoooooooooooooooooooooooo. #BarbzWinAgainahahhahaahhahahahahhahahahhahahahahhahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
We'll be keeping a close eye on the polls to see how they move (not at all) in response to this development.
Read more at Rolling Out.