#GiuseppeWhatsGood: Nicki Minaj Accuses “Nicki” Sneaker Designer Giuseppe Zanotti of Racism

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Recording artist Nicki Minaj accepts the Best Hip Hop Video award for "Anaconda" onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images For MTV)

Fresh off of starting Young Money reunion rumors via Instagram, Nicki Minaj took to social media today to criticize designer Giuseppe Zanotti, who has designed a sneaker in her honor, for “racism & disrespect.” Zanotti’s high-top “Nicki” sneakers, which currently run between $500 and $700 in 23 different versions, were directly inspired by the rapper and singer, but the Italian designer has apparently denied requests by Nicki to work on a capsule line together. “His PR says they won’t take our call,” Minaj tweeted.

Minaj’s comments were intended as more than passing criticism. She encouraged her Barbz to get the #GiuseppeWhatsGood and #RunMeMyCHECK hashtags trending to draw attention to the situation and force Zanotti to “read [his] comments then hit up your accountant my nig.” She also seems eager to box Giuseppe if he doesn’t pay up or atone.

Minaj has appeared publicly wearing Zanotti’s sneakers–most notably, as she pointed out, on the cover of Cosmopolitan–and affectionately dubbed them “[her] sneaker” on her 2012 song “Pound the Alarm.”

Check out Nicki’s posts below.

 

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