PHOTO Nicki Minaj responds to Bill Cosby Halloween costume controversy

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It might be November, but the Bill Cosby Halloween costume controversy continues to captivate onlookers. Nicki Minaj waded into the ongoing #PillCosby debate with a Halloween Instagram post in which she appeared to take defenders to task.

In case you missed it, the Bill Cosby Halloween costume controversy erupted over the weekend, thanks to the hashtag #PillCosby. The homemade costume features a cardboard cutout of Cosby, stuffed into a sweater, with its arms wrapped around the “victim,” a bottle of pills in one of its hands, and the other stuffed into the victim’s shirt.

#PillCosby received a great deal of attention on social media–and the Bill Cosby Halloween costume controversy picked up even more steam when Minaj shared a screencap of the costume to Instagram:

Our generation is so desensitized

A photo posted by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on

In one day, Minaj’s version of the photo received 297,000 likes. Even more significantly, it garnered just under 9,000 comments, or approximately four times more than the average Nicki Minaj Instagram post.

Minaj has yet to say anything more about the Bill Cosby Halloween costume controversy, though, and her sole statement left some observers puzzled. Did she mean that “our generation” is desensitized to the sorts of crimes against which Cosby is accused, and is therefore callous enough to make a Halloween costume depicting those crimes? Or did she mean that the response to the costume was too much–that there shouldn’t have been a Bill Cosby Halloween costume controversy in the first place?

(So far, a total of 55 women have accused Bill Cosby of a variety of crimes relating to sexual assault.)

What do you, the viewers at home, think? Is #PillCosby just a sick joke, and nothing more? Or should we all be offended that it exists?  


(Photo credits: Bill Cosby Halloween costume controversy via Twitter)

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  • KatieKat

    By no means is rape a laughing matter… but this is the costume of the year. PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING.

    • PerfectingPaula

      LOL!!! Jello pudding. I loved his Jello Pudding Pops ads.

      I used to really like him. He would have been one of the last people I would suspect of sexual abuse.

      • KatieKat

        Probably because of the character her plays on TV. But you never know what people do in real life

      • DZBabe

        Same here. I remember watching him on TV all the time. He was a man I looked up to. He seemed like a wonderful man.

  • PerfectingPaula

    On one level, I think it’s funny and a great costume.

    But, on another level, I think it’s insensitive to his victims. And morally wrong to make light of something as serious as sexual abuse.

    Final analysis, in this age of “political correctness” not a good idea.

    • Emily

      Same here. It’d be hella funny at a party with just friends. But outside a group of friends, it’s just insulting and possibly upsetting to victims of sexual abuse, and I really don’t see how a celebrity like Nicki Minaaj didn’t go through that same thought process before she reposted it.

  • kate

    I think it’s on the same level as those people who dressed as the twin towers with a plane crashing into it. Yes, it’s clever to come up with a costume that plays off something big in the news. but just because you could, doesn’t mean you should. but it’s people’s right to be tasteless if they want to, they just shouldn’t be surprised when people react negatively to it.

  • sysmjp

    I think it’s stupid and disgusting. Will there be a sick Jerod costume next with the crude use of a Subway sub? People should have compassion and respect for victims of sexual assault.

  • Regina

    This is pretty f***cked up. Everyone is freaking out about Kylie Jenner dressing as a slutty Eskimo, (which is stupid) but I find this far more offensive and creepy.