Ellen made the announcement of the clip in a seemingly truthful way at first: “It was just announced that Nicki Minaj is producing a sitcom of her childhood growing up in Queens, New York. It’s not on the air yet, but I called in a favor and I was able to get us a very exclusive sneak peek. This is totally real, not something we put together as a joke.”
Following this, the short parody depicted a young Minaj and her family – all with enormous patted butts – including the pet dog, knocking things over with their butts. The sketch was staged in a typical classic sitcom setting, complete with a laugh track.
“They have big butts, that’s the joke,” DeGeneres said after the sketch.
Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak called it “a satirical sketch that amounted to a little over of a minute of modern minstrelsy” adding that the joke really seemed to be that women’s bodies, particularly black women’s bodies, were absurd.”
To add to Juzwiak’s statement, it could also be said that the sketch wasn’t just about black women’s bodies seeming “absurd” to Ellen and her constituents (especially since there are so many white women spending thousands to have bodies like black women) – but moreso about black peoples’ bodies in general and the way that Ellen perceives black culture as a whole, as the whole family was depicted in this manner. The sketch unfortunately appears to point to some insecurities had by Ellen and her team that have materialized in this humorous sketch (depending who you ask), with apparent racist undertones.
Ellen’s recent “joke” wasn’t the first time that she mocked Minaj: