Nicki Minaj has apologized – sort of – and taken down the picture of Malcolm X she’d previously used to promote her new song, ‘Lookin Ass Nigga’. The apology, though, leaves a lot to be desired.

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The photo showed human rights activist Malcom X looking out of a window, holding a gun, while the video for the single sees Minaj shooting at men. This prompted not one but two online petitions to be started with a view of halting the image’s use.

"You come from a rich legacy. Without the work and life of Malcolm X, you would not be able to do what you do. Unfortunately you have chosen to disrespect and dishonor the legacy that he left us ... We demand that you remove the picture," asserted the first petition.

The second was focussed on Minaj's glamourisation of guns, writing: "Malcolm X carried a gun as he feared for the safety of his family and himself, and was aware he would some day be killed by political opponents. The image of Malcolm X looking out the window highlighted that fear. Nicki Minaj’s use of guns in her new music video speaks to the gun culture in our society today where gun violence is an acceptable norm."

In light of this, Minaj issued a response via her Instagram page. "What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass Niggaz? Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single,” she explained.

“This is a conversation. Not a single. I am in the video shooting at Lookin Ass Niggaz and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!! It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy. I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued,” she added.

“The word "nigga" causes so much debate in our community while the "nigga" behavior gets praised and worship. Let's not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for u. The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you."

Not many people would suggest an apology that kicks off “what seems to be the issue now?” can be considered a sincere one. Then again, those asking for sincerity from Nicki Minaj might be barking up the wrong rapper. Sorry. Pop star