Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' twerks its way to record video views

Nicki Minaj in her viral music video, "Anaconda."

Excuse me, while I grope for my eyeballs. They just popped out of my face.

"Anaconda," Nicki Minaj's racy new music video, is smoking records for views, racking up more than 36 million  on YouTube in less than two days, as of this morning.

Basically, the video showcases more booty than a pirate convention, lyrically summarizing the intented reaction:

Oh my gosh, look at her butt
Look at her butt (look at her butt)

The title pays homage to Sir Mix-A-Lot, as it samples a line from his 1992 hit, "Baby Got Back":

My anaconda don't
My anaconda don't
My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns, hun

If you're not catching the reptilian reference, consult an urban slang dictionary, or a Freudian, not a herpetologist.

Sir Mix-A-Lot tweeted his one-word reaction:

Minaj, who recently broke Michael Jackson's record for hit singles, created a storm surge of anticipation for the video through heavy teasing on social media. And, no doubt, the racy verbiage and visuals, including working a lapdance with Drake, have added to the gaper appeal. 

Shock, of course, has been part of the reaction, as Al Roker called it "vile" and "desperate" and Natalie Morales called it "horrifying" on the Today show, while Willie Geist shrugged, saying, "It's not new for her. It's her thing."

Blogger Julie Alvin sees "advanced feminism" in Minaj's supporting "body love," declaring, "I applaud Minaj’s enthusiastic (and I mean realllllly enthusiastic) love of her own rump amid a culture that discourages women from taking up too much space."

 For all sorts of responses (including the one below), check out #TweetYourAnacondaVideoReaction.



Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or Follow @petemucha on Twitter.