Usually museums tell you not to touch the artwork. Madame Tussauds had to take things a step further...
It all started when they created a wax figure of Nicki Minaj -- the first female rapper to ever have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds, fyi. The statue is in an outfit and pose from her “Anaconda” music video and on display in Las Vegas. For her part, Minaj said she loves the statue and has called it “so iconic”:
Fellow rapper Azealia Banks had a different opinion though: “All ppl are gonna do is go up to that statue and take pictures shoving their crotch in her face and putting their crotch on her butt,” Banks tweeted. “That's not nice. I don't feel good about that. But if u like it I love it."
And Banks was right. Nicki has even Instagrammed a few offenders, though she appears to have been amused by their antics:
Madame Tussauds didn’t find it all that funny though. Especially one picture:
“We have been made aware of the inappropriate photograph that was taken at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, involving Nicki Minaj’s wax figure,” the company explained in a statement.
“Madame Tussauds attractions are interactive, immersive experiences, and our visitors are generally respectful towards the wax figures. It is unfortunate that this visitor decided to behave so inappropriately and we apologise [sic] for any offence this has caused. We do have staff monitoring guest behavior in the attraction and do our utmost to ensure our wax figures are treated respectfully, but on this occasion clearly one of our hosts was not present."
The company added, “We are taking immediate steps to ensure more staff are present in this area and that the set around this particular figure is redesigned so that a picture like this cannot be taken again.”
Banks, who has had a love-beef relationship with Minaj in the past, though she has always said she respects Nicki, also called the figure “underhanded shade.”
Wow, they finally give nicki minaj a wax figure and it's a statue of her bent over on all fours...... White people yo....— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) August 12, 2015
I would complain and ask for a do-over. That's such underhanded shade— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) August 12, 2015
"As much as that woman has accomplished, they had to put her on all fours...” she tweeted. “Why not standing up with a mic in her hand?"
Anyway, remember when this grandma reacted to the “Anaconda” video?