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Queer Eye’s Jonathan slams Nicki Minaj for appearing on Russian magazine cover

Queer Eye’s Jonathan slams Nicki Minaj for appearing on Russian magazine cover

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Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye’s grooming expert, is in hot water with Nicki Minaj fans — and at the center of a debate on intersectionality.

The rapper recently appeared on the cover of Harper’s BAZAAR Russia.

Van Ness, however, wasn’t feeling it and made his opinion known on Twitter. He wrote that because of Russia’s anti-LGBTI discrimination policies and practices, the opportunity should have been a ‘hard pass’.

Jonathan Van Ness' tweet about Nicki Minaj
Van Ness’ tweet about Minaj | Photo: Twitter @jvn

‘Russia has anti LGBTQIA propaganda laws, Chechnya supported by Russia tortures it’s LGBTQIA citizens, & w your LGBTQ+ fans you can’t even speak to that in this interview bc it’s illegal in Russia, what’s good @NICKIMINAJ , this should’ve been a hard pass,’ he wrote.

Recently, Russia arrested human rights activist Peter Tatchell for protesting the country’s failure to protect LGBTQ people.

They also told the UN gay people don’t exist in Chechnya.

What about intersectionality?

Many people shot back at Van Ness and called him out for his lack of intersectional support for a black woman.

As user @kenjamin___ wrote: ‘are black women with power supposed to constantly be outspoken and doing labor for queer people when a majority of queer people won’t do the same for black people? girl gotta make money and russian ppl are different from russia’

They also pointed out that racism exists in Russia and therefore Minaj being on the cover of a Russian magazine is a victory in and of itself.

LGBTQ people within Russia also pointed out the magazine is intended for people, not the government, and they’re fans too.

Others brought up the idea of appearing on US magazine covers, given recent policies like separating immigrant families at the border.

‘Not here for anybody doin it’

Van Ness responded to some of the critiques, such as other stars appearing the cover of the same magazine.

Then he tweeted he didn’t mean to ‘start a Twitter war’ and he’s just ‘disappointed in some people from where I’m sitting in life & start noticing things’.

Later, however, he re-tweeted someone’s point about US magazines.

JVN re-tweet
JVN re-tweet | Photo: Twitter @jvn

Minaj has not responded to Van Ness’ comments.