NICKI Minaj has faced backlash after posting a video of herself on Instagram laughing at a woman who appears to be mentally ill.
In the clip, which has been viewed more than two million times, the 33-year-old rapper leans from a car window, while a woman on the sidewalk shouts at her.
Nicki Minaj laughs at a woman who appears to be mentally ill in a video she posted on InstagramCredit: WENN
The woman then starts walking away and Nicki giggles, calling: “Miss, what did I do? Can we talk?”
She captioned the video with a crying face emoji.
More than 14,000 comments have been left on the post, many of them calling Nicki’s actions insensitive and inappropriate.
Commenters lashed out at the singer, calling the video insensitive and inappropriateCredit: Instagram / nickiminaj
Commenters lashed out at the singer, calling the video insensitive and inappropriateCredit: Getty Images – FilmMagic
Hey @NICKIMINAJ I really respected you but that video you posted really says a lot about your character. Mental illness isn’t a joke.
— Carly Heading (@carlyylalaa) December 6, 2016
note to @NICKIMINAJ: mental illness isn’t a joke #talkingaboutit
— ilana kaplan (@lanikaps) December 6, 2016
Some commenters claimed to be locals of Miami Beach, Florida, where the clip was filmed, and say they know for a fact that the woman has mental health problems.
One user wrote: “I love how you think this is appropriate to show all the young followers that look up to you. That dehumanizing is ok and bullying… then you have the nerve to laugh… smh.”
Another said: “You can clearly tell this woman has [a] mental illness and didn’t want to be filmed period. If I was u Nicki I would remove this post, I know u didn’t know she was sick.”
Miami’s National Alliance on Mental Illness also criticised the starCredit: Getty Images – FilmMagic
Others have sent tweets to Nicki expressing their thoughts about the video.
One person wrote: “Hey @NICKIMINAJ I really respected you but that video you posted really says a lot about your character. Mental illness isn’t a joke.”
Another said: “I lost all respect for you, @NICKIMINAJ, when you mocked us with mental illnesses. I thought you were better than that. You aren’t.”
“Having a mother that had a serious mental illness. It’s important that @NICKIMINAJ knows the severity of the situation,” wrote someone else.
Having a mother that had a serious mental illness. It’s important that @NICKIMINAJ knows the severity of the situation
— Legendary Inevitable ShowTime (@OnlyOneShowTime) December 6, 2016
I lost all respect for you, @NICKIMINAJ, when you mocked us with mental illnesses. I thought you were better than that. You aren’t.
— e-pro (elaina) (@greendaybjmt) December 6, 2016
Miami’s National Alliance on Mental Illness has also weighed in on the video, telling TMZ it was an invasion of the woman’s privacy and condemning Nicki, who has close to 70million Instagram followers, for using her fame to spread negativity.
A rep for NAMI said: “Nobody would make fun of a cancer patent, and mental illness is an illness like any other.”
Some of Nicki’s fans, however, came to her defence.
One said:”I don’t think Nicki meant any harm if the woman had come to the car I’m sure Nicki would have given her something probably money.”