- Playful banter turned into a political war of words on Twitter on Tuesday
- A critic of Nicki Minaj started a fierce exchange between Africans and African-Americans
- In tweets that went viral, Africans mocked the lack of safety for African-Americans
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A playful war of words between Americans and Africans quickly turned very political on Twitter on Tuesday night.
'Stan culture', taken from the 2000s Eminem song, Stan, describes an overzealous admirer - 'a 'stalker fan' - and has come to describe anyone who will take their love of a particular artist or entertainment franchise to new extremes.
Stan culture was the root of Tuesday's altercation, which quickly spread to politics, technology and development.
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It began when one fan tweeted:
"Nick Minaj is very mid if we're being honest. Doja Cat, Cardi and Tierra are whack - but of course no one is ready for the conversation."
Of course Nicki Minaj stans did not take this lying down and quickly waged a fierce war of words against the man whose location shows he is in Lagos, Nigeria.
A determined Nicki stan then replied:
"I'm not about to argue with an African that WiFi gonna be off soon..."
Twitter user, @itsmirfreestyle was referring to the lack of development in many African nations. The user was also playing into the well-known misconceptions about Africa held by Americans. It has been revealed that a large number of Americans view Africa as a jungle with limited technology.
The Lagos man was less-than-pleased about this and tugged at American heartstrings, replying by saying:
"That's why the police be killing y'all..."
Failing to read the room, the man was referring to the string of murders of black Americans at the hands of white police officers, which inspired the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter
Exasperated Africans then began to chime in as well. Replying to the WiFi comment, one user said:
"You're a knee away from becoming a hashtag. Call your unlimited WiFi to save your *ss!"
"400 years of slavery for unlimited Wi-Fi access but limited access to oxygen..."
The comments continued with another saying:
"Yeah, you definitely need your unlimited WiFi to push your next hashtag."
In 2019, another diaspora twar (Twitter war) between Americans and Africans erupted over the quality of wigs, with Americans mocking African wigs. YouTube influencer Mihlali Ndamase had to come to the rescue of Africans with her stunning wigs.
The exchange comes at a very volatile time in the world in terms of race politics, and this might have done some damage to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
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