The ‘Ellen’ Show Mocks Nicki Minaj’s New Sitcom Via Modern Day Minstrelsy

ellen logo


The Ellen Degeneres Show aired a sketch on Monday mocking Nicki Minaj’s new TV show, as first spotted by Gawker.

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.

screen shot 2015-10-12 at 10.37.18 pm

The above image is a still-shot of the sketch, which is not on the website or YouTube page of “The Ellen Show,” but the -> full clip is viewable here at Gawker. <-

“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:



imagesBut, you know what they say… copying is the highest form of flattery.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s