Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video: An Ode to Feminism?

Rapper defends her video laden with suggestive metaphors as her taking charge and owning her sexuality.
2:47 | 08/22/14

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tonight, Nicki Minaj's viral music video has shattered the record for most views in a single day. Snagging the top spot from Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking ball." Minaj is making a statement with "Anacon "Anaconda" but what is that statement? Reporter: Nicki Minaj is ringing the alarm. Including her backside, front and center. Look at her butt. Reporter: In her new explicit music video, "Anaconda," Nicki purposely goes over the top. On first watch, you may be too distracted to hear what Nicki is rapping about. But she says the song is all about female empowerment. You can feel free to love whatever body you got right now. Reporter: It samples sir mix a lot's "Baby got back," this is about her own message. Owning her sexuality and, yes, her behind. Recently, because of the shift in pop culture, even hip-hop men are really glorifying the less-curvy bodice. Reporter: The video and the image on her album cover, has ignited a firestorm. There's going to be people who see this video and think it's trashy. She spends the entire time shaking her butt and other women shaking her butts. And you have to wonder, why is that necessary in this day and age? Reporter: Nicki fired back on instagram. Pointing out a double-standard when it comes to body type. Posting this photo of slim supermodels on the cover of "Sports illustrated." People think the whole conversation about Nicki Minaj and her butt is ridiculous, but it's starting a dialogue about race and body type. Reporter: Make no mistake. This song is for the curvaceous, leaving no room for skinny girls. I love to keep people guessing. I never want people to think, I know what she's doing next. Nicki has an important message. It's embrace yourself. Love your curves. Be proud of your body. But that's lost with all of the jiggling and the lap dancing and the crazy moves. Reporter: While Nicki Minaj may have intended to spark a meaningful conversation, critics say, in the end, this overshadows everything else. For "Nightline," Mara schiavocampo, ABC news, New York.

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