Minaj says the double standards and criticism is 'quite pathetic and sad'

Nicki Minaj has hit out at Sharon Osbourne for what she deems as double standards over her reaction to her ‘Anaconda’ single artwork.

Minaj released ‘Anaconda’ in 2014. The track’s cover art featured Minaj in a thong with her buttocks facing the camera.

Speaking at the time, Sharon Osbourne said that the cover “looks like a cheap porno cover of a DVD”, adding: “I love women’s bodies. I love nudity, but this is cheap.”

Minaj has told Marie Claire that she felt Osbourne’s reaction was hypocritical, saying: “[Kim] Kardashian’s naked picture came out, [Sharon Osbourne] praised it, and my fans attacked her for being such a hypocrite. So it wasn’t trashy and raunchy when a white woman did it, but it was when a black woman did it? It’s quite pathetic and sad, but that is my reality, and I’ve gotten accustomed to just shutting it down.”

Osbourne had praised Kardashian’s famous nude selfie, even recreating it herself on Instagram.

At the weekend, Nicki Minaj told fans lthat she would be dropping a new album at midnight, but later appeared to confirm it was just a joke.

The rapper’s last album ‘The Pinkprint’ dropped nearly two years ago in December 2014, so fans were understandably excited when she tweeted yesterday: “Ok u know what I wasn’t gonna say anything but damn ya got it out of me. The album drops at midnight. it’s called #PickMyFruitOut.”

She then tweeted a supposed tracklist for the album featuring a series of unlikely fruit-based song titles such as ‘Mango’, ‘Kiwi’ and, in probably the biggest giveaway of all, ‘Bananas (Harambe Interlude)’. Minaj also joked that one track would feature her “favourite rapper of all time”.

Replying to a fan who thanked the rapper for “always making me laugh”, Minaj seemingly confirmed that ‘Pick My Fruit Out’ had simply been a joke. “*kisses u* love u back. All of u. Love you sooooooo fkn much. I been cryin laughin this whole time, btw… Good stuff #PickMyFruitOut,” she tweeted.