Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of our democracy and should be firmly defended. There are those, however, who push past the limits of decency, often under the disguise of “art” or “music.” Such is the case of  a rapper named Nicki Minaj, who somehow has convinced a good number of younger folks that she is “talented.”

I would have never known about her or paid attention to the garbage she makes money on except for a cute little 4-year-old girl on the Ellen Show recently. She was invited to perform a Minaj hit that she had memorized perfectly. Of course, the crowd went wild, and Ellen made the little girl’s dream come true by sneaking Nicki herself onto the stage to meet her. This was the little girl’s idol, unfortunately.

I called on the Internet to tell me more about this successful rapper. All of her song titles and lyrics contain disgusting obscenities. The song the little girl sang was titled, “Super Bass.” Some of its lyrics include, “He cold, he dope, he might sell coke,” and it gets more profane from there.

To make matters worse, Pepsi has decided to glorify Nicki Minaj to help sell their pop, as you see her pictured in Pepsi ads now. As always, she is free to use this language even if it is sickening to most Americans. Apparently, there are a large number who actually enjoy this stuff and pay to stick it in their CD players. The only thing that matters to PepsiCo is sales.

If you object to this glorification of a talentless, pink-haired moron who can’t sing — she just talks fast in rhymes — don’t buy PepsiCo products. They include Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, Tropicana, Gatorade, Izze, and SoBe. I wonder if the execs of these companies go home at night and get quality family time with their children by listening to some good old Nicki Minaj tunes together?

David Burns

Irrigon

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