1920041_605008909581805_2046567800_nCongratulations, inspirational quotes and stunning photos of a Cinderella-esque Lupita Nyong’o are still circulating around on social media after the “12 Years A Slave” actress’ epic “Best Supporting Actress” Oscar win over the weekend. Like many artists, Cut N Edge Cartoons drew inspiration from the actress’ moment of excellence and created the above graphic to show a little Black girl happily sketching her new idol…but why does the cartoon have to bash another Black woman in the process?

The little girl has evidently snatched her photos of Barbie-loving rapper, Nicki Minaj from the wall and tossed them on the floor and in the garbage, but the image clearly forgets one of the most powerful lines from Lupita’s speech: “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” the actress told audiences before floating off stage with her Oscar. Nicki’s form of origin doesn’t make her dream or supporting it any less valid that Lupita’s regal journey to her golden statue. While I understand the beauty of this drawing, I also see a flaw: the artist chose to put Nicki Minaj down in order to lift Lupita up.

Many fans on the Cut N Edge Facebook page  praised the imagery, while others felt the way I did: why trash Nicki? The cartoon’s creator replied and said, “She trashes herself.”

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Other supporters wholeheartedly loved the cartoon, and cosigned Nicki Minaj’s outrageous image being discarded:Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 1.25.32 PM Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 1.25.21 PMScreen Shot 2014-03-04 at 1.37.56 PM

Cut N Edge prides themselves on providing “political and social cartoons on topics from a unique perspective.” They encourage their Facebook fans to, “Like Cut N Edge cartoons and get your laugh on while creating a dialogue.” Well this Lupita/Nicki image has created a dialogue. Lupita’s praise is well-deserved but I believe it can stand on it’s own without having to bash Nicki Minaj. There’s room for all types of Black women at the top, regardless of what their journey looked like while climbing there or what image they portray as they enjoy the view.

But what do you Beauties think? Do we need to trash one Black icon to lift up another?

4 thoughts on “Why Does This Viral Cartoon Praise Lupita & Trash Nicki Minaj?

  1. Ms Prissy on said:

    Nikki Minaj should be ashamed for that Malcolm X album cover. If you want to be respected and treated like a lady then you should act like one. The foul language, the “ghetto fabulous” attitude, poor taste in clothes, and over the top makeup. I feel sorry for the African American women who try to emulate her. I passed by the Human Resources Department at my hospital and saw 2 young black women with tight revealing clothes, Weaves to the small of their back, fake eyelashes (tarantula eyes), bright blue eye shadow, pink lips, and high “Hooker” platform heels. Granted they may have been intelligent women but no one is going to hire them with that look.

  2. Editor you sound young and naive. You also sound like a groupie,.. Why, because you missed the artist whole point and then used the fact that you are a editor to derail his message. What was his message? Not putting her down because of her origin/destination..but (get this) How she chose – – again, chose to carry herself, the message and image she displays once she became successful,..You missed all that and went onto what ‘groupies’ do,..ig-nore-rant the facts shown..

    You cleary know the difference in the two women..deep down inside, whether you are willing to admit it or not, you know Nicki projects something completely different than what young black females need at this point,..and nine times out of ten,..when you turn 45, 50, or even 60..your whole dialect/wisdom will change..scary, huh..?? LOL I know. Now what. Its inevitable..smh..More Fire!!!!

  3. Guest on said:

    The creator is correct, Minaj has trashed herself. Kids shouldn’t be idolizing her. Who cares is she’s black? She doesn’t deserve support for polluting others. Quit shoving these chicks down our kids’ throats! They have enough stacked against them already. Mine deserve better!

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