I posted this thing last night on Twitter, because I thought it was pretty hilarious that Facebook would suggest that I like Kim Kardashian, Amazon, and Nicki Minaj. I thought it was pretty amusing, because clearly Facebook knows nothing about me and what I will like, because it's 1 for 3 in this instance.
(Aside: I'm actually a little relieved that Facebook got its recommendations for me so profoundly wrong).
I could give a fuck about Nicki Minaj's race, or the fact that she's a woman. Her entire ... whatever it is she does ... is completely irrelevant to my life. I've heard her music, and it makes me want to stab myself in the face while giving my junk electric shocks so I know better than to subject myself to it ever again. In fact, when I first heard her ... music ... I didn't know what her race was.
So when I posted this on Twitter, I wasn't crapping on a young black woman in an effort to look good. If anything, I was crapping on the ridiculous notion that I would be interested in whatever it is she does. This is the same as suggesting that I would like Coldplay or Bieber or Football.
My post on Twitter had nothing at all to do with race or gender, and I'm getting really tired of people grabbing their Jump To Conclusions mats and accusing me of doing something I didn't do.
But here's the thing: whenever I complain about this sort of thing, a nonzero number of people tell me that I'm not allowed to be bothered by it, because I'm a White Heterosexual Male in America and check your privilege, Wheaton.
This bothers me a LOT, and I resent being accused of making gender- or racially-motivated comments, when I'm really making talentless-crap-motivated comments.
That said, if a young woman of color (or any young woman, or man, or anyone, really) is inspired by Nicki Minaj to take a creative risk or something like that, awesome for them. It doesn't mean I have to like Nicki Minaj, and can't express that opinion.
Also: it's a little weird to me that someone was so concerned about Nicki Minaj being crapped on, but didn't care about Kim Kardashian being crapped on. I'm happy to know that, regardless of our differences, we can all agree that Kim Kardashian is a waste of space on planet earth.