The cute little monk in Xichan Temple, Fuzhou, southeast China’s Fujian Province.
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Nicki Minaj - Anaconda
Some questions are more important than their answers. Are we alone in the universe? Is there a God? Does life have objective meaning, or is it something we project purpose onto, in vain attempts to protect our fragile egos?
To these inquiries, Nicki Minaj has added one more: How much booty is too much?
With Anaconda, she takes us to a world where ass is king (or should I say queen?) It would be easy to see this video as the ultimate realization of music’s harmful objectification of women. But after first presenting a girls-only twerking paradise, Nicki introduces a man into the picture with a disconcerting cameo by Drake. Here is a vision of a woman clearly in control, and a man left helpless and awestruck. It presents woman as object, but also as subject; as both image and agent, a duality essential to sex, but also to commercial music. And like so many of the identities Nicki adopts — rapper and pop singer, superhero and Barbie — these roles are all the more engaging for their contradictions.
Some questions will go forever unanswered. But that does not make them any less worth asking, just as Anaconda’s sexy surface is worth unpacking. And besides, look at that butt.