Chinese Rapper Vava Wears Blackface To “Honor” Nicki Minaj

Vava in Blackface as Nicki Minaj

Rapper Nicki Minaj was “honored” by a rapper in China, who wore blackface to pay her respect to the American rapper.

It might seem hard to believe, but blackface is still a thing in China.

For example, in February, the country’s state broadcaster, CCTV hosted a New Year’s gala which is reportedly the most viewed television event in the world.

During the gala, which is known as “Chunwan,” Chinese performers donned blackface and tribal garments to represent Africans.

Such practices are dated and cause outrage here in the United States. But apparently, ignorance is bliss – just ask Chinese rapper Vava, who recently threw on blackface in a “tribute” to Nicki Minaj.

Vava was one of three Chinese artists, who were “cosplaying” as Nicki, Ariana Grande, and Jessie J. in a recreation of the trio’s performance of their song “Bang Bang,” at the 2014 American Music Awards.

Vava, who was clueless as to how insulting her cosplaying was, posted an advertisement of the performance on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Most of her fans on the state-controlled social media site were excited by her tribute to Nicki Minaj, but over on Twitter, the reaction was much different.

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