Nicki Minaj and her fans go on the attack against writer who pondered a mature musical direction for rapper

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Toronto-based freelance writer Wanna Thompson late last month pondered the direction rapper Nikki Minaj might take with her music, and then she made the mistake of sharing her thought on the Twitterverse.

“You know how dope it would be if Nicki put out mature content?” Thompson, 26, tweeted. “No silly (expletive). Just reflecting on past relationships, being a boss, hardships, etc. She’s touching 40 soon, a new direction is needed.”

Thompson, who considers herself a Minaj fan, hoped only to start a conversation among her then-14,000 hip-hop-obsessed followers, according to the New York Times. She never expected to be harassed and threatened by Minaj’s fans, much less by Minaj herself.

The “Chun-Li” rapper’s response on social media was to tweet a list of songs that she considered mature.

But she also called out Thompson on a number of profanity-laced direct messages, referring to her as “ugly” and “hating (expletive) hoe.” Minaj seemed particularly stuck on Thompson saying she was pushing 40, and pointed out that she was only 34. She then corrected herself to say she’s 35.

In one message Minaj said: “Just say u jealous I’m rich, famous intelligent, pretty and go!”

After sharing the DMs through social media, Thompson said Minaj’s fans ramped it up with thousands of malicious personal attacks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email and her cellphone. Many crossed the line by saying she should kill herself and by reposting a picture of Thompson’s 4-year-old daughter from Instagram.

Thompson told the Times she was “physically drained” and “mentally depleted,” and is considering seeing a therapist. In addition to receiving personal attacks, she was also dropped from an unpaid internship with a company that lists Minaj among its clients.

“If I knew it would get this much harassment and that my daughter would be affected, I don’t think that I would have posted it,” she said. “Every person has a right to defend themselves and react to certain statements. But when you start to insult somebody, you’ve crossed a line.”

The Times points out that Minaj and her loyal followers aren’t alone in clapping back against perceived detractors. The publication tied it to the knee-jerk “stans” factor that has pervaded social media.

Stans, a reference Eminem’s 2000 hit about an ultra-obsessed fan, tend to defend their heroes with vim, vigor and oftentimes vitriol. The Times described them as “the most rabid, loyal kind of fan, devotees who often congregate in large groups online, tracking their chosen stars — and their detractors — as if they’ve taken a blood oath.”

Beyonce’s stans are referred to as the BeyHive and Lady Gaga’s are called Little Monsters.

Minaj has her Barbz, and they were energized by Minaj’s response to Thompson.

“I think you’re a pathetic (expletive) that was being shady & it backfired,” one Minaj supporter tweeted at Thompson. “You deserve everything coming to you because still not for a second does it amount to what Nicki receives on a daily. … You literally tried to erase everything she said. So I hope you learn from this & stop trying to be a victim with your ugly (expletive) daughter.”

Thompson, who also writes for her own Wanna’s World website, now has her own stans who have rallied behind her on social media with the hashtag #Istandwithwanna.

“I always stan my fellow black sisters who are just trying to be carefree and live their (expletive) lives. @WannasWorld we gotchu,” tweeted one of her supporters.

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