Madame Tussauds is a wax museum with a main location in London and other locations in major cities elsewhere. It’s an institution that dates back to the mid 19th century, specializing in wax replicas of countless celebrities and pop culture characters.
But every once in a while, a Tussauds figure comes around that lives somewhere in the “No Thank You” region of the Uncanny Valley. For instance, twitter recently found out about their Nicki Minaj wannabe doppelganger, and they are not happy.
the new Nicki Minaj wax figure in Berlin isn't…great… 😅 pic.twitter.com/zKNythVOMo
— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) January 7, 2020
You know there’s something wrong right away, even if you can’t put your finger on it.
Wax figures by Wish
— Kyle McDermott (@42mreDcMK) January 7, 2020
looks nothing like her
— eruj (@erujabidi) January 7, 2020
Yeah, what’s going on here??
I don’t know how but that Nicki Minaj wax figure is absolutely racism. 😭 pic.twitter.com/qFjk89wyRn
— D ® E W | K A N G (@drewscotty) January 7, 2020
It quickly started getting ranked among similar sculpture missteps.
That horrible Nicki Minaj wax figure reminded of this Ronaldo statue💔😭 pic.twitter.com/wwBjOc71Wi
— Wow, That’s Crazy🤯 (@DumiCarl) January 8, 2020
Because if Twitter is good at anything, it’s being judgey AF…
Wait… y’all see Nicki Minaj wax figure? I- pic.twitter.com/7IqKbpdBhp
— E D D O (we cry out) (@NOTKarltonBanks) January 7, 2020
And there were a lot of takes on not just the look, but the pose itself.
Even Trevor Noah got in on the conversation:
I don't know what's funnier, the wax of Nicki Minaj or Jesus Christ coming back only to discover he's been made white!!!! 😂😂😂😂😆😆😆😆
You're so funny @Trevornoah
— BlueWorld #AnAmericaForAll #VBNMW2020 💙 (@BlueR00n) February 12, 2020
But in all the hubbub, a couple of important details got lost…
1) The figure isn’t new, it’s been up for more than 4 years
2) Nicki has seen it, and apparently loved it
Hey internet… catch up!
What do you think? Not a really good representation of Nicki? Could they have done better? Or did they nail it?
Oh… and would you pay to see it in person?
Let us know in the comments!