BET thought it was a good idea to poke fun of Nicki Minaj by dissing her on Twitter after Cardi B took home some Grammy hardware … and now the network’s gonna pay for it, thanks to Nicki.
Ms. Maraj announced Monday that she and Young Money (Lil Wayne’s label), would not be part of the BET Experience later this summer — which is a concert series that she and Cardi were booked to headline just days before the BET Awards in June.
TMZ reports that she did, in fact, cancel the gig in direct response to BET’s crass joke — and she made that quite clear with her follow-up tweets.
People were putting BET on blast, saying they owed Nicki an apology since the comment was a low blow. Nicki seemed to agree, saying … “Meanwhile, BET is being dragged by their lacefront,” adding a laughing emoji for good measure.
Young Money will no longer be apart of the BET Experience or award show. ♥️🙏🏽♥️ Summer Tour dates dropping soon 🦄— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) February 11, 2019
Meanwhile, BET is being dragged by their lace front. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/7rFn58hwXx— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) February 11, 2019
BET has responded, making it clear the tweet targeting Nicki was unauthorized. The network says, “BET loves Nicki Minaj. We have supported her from the very beginning of her career and will continue to do so moving forward. Nicki has paved the way for so many performers and has solidified her place as one of the most powerful figures in the music industry.”
The statement continues … “Unfortunately the respect we have for Nicki was violated by this post that should never have been written. The post does not reflect how we feel about Nicki. And further does not reflect our company values. We deeply apologize for the hurt, disappointment and confusion that this post has caused. We are committed to doing everything we can to address the situation.”
BET also says, “We are also conducting an internal audit to assure these types of posts are not published again. We have apologized to Nicki and her team. The post has been removed and we have taken additional appropriate action. We understand Nicki’s position and look forward to continuing our dialogue with her. Finally, we apologize to all of her fans. This should have never happened.”