Nicki Minaj is being slammed on social media for taking a shot at civil rights icon Rosa Parks in her latest single on what would have been the activist’s 107th birthday.
On Tuesday, the rapper shared a preview of her upcoming track, tentatively titled “Yikes,” to Instagram, which quickly solicited backlash from listeners who heard Parks’ name used in the song.
“All you bitches Rosa Parks, uh oh, get your ass up,” Minaj, 37, raps in reference to Parks, who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.
As Minaj released the snippet during Black History Month — especially on Parks’ birthday — many listeners were upset by the lyric and urged the rapper to “leave Rosa alone.”
A rep for Minaj did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Today is February 4th.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) February 4, 2020
Rosa Parks would have been 107 years old if she was still living to see her birthday today.
Y'all go remind Nicki Minaj that.
Quick history lesson: She never got up, she stayed seated.
The lyric makes no sense.pic.twitter.com/NMpqAo0BoJ
One user pointed out a factual inconsistency within Minaj’s lyric.
“Quick history lesson: She never got up, she stayed seated. The lyric makes no sense,” the user wrote, adding “Y’all go remind Nicki Minaj that.”
Another person argued that Rosa Parks “fought the good fight” and that Minaj should “let them ladies Rest In Peace.”
Nicki Minaj need to leave Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman alone. They both have fought the good fight, let them ladies Rest In Peace. 😭😭😂 pic.twitter.com/RD1RhSDYTj— ✍🏾🗣 (@writtenbytruth) February 4, 2020
One person filmed what they believed would be the reaction of “Rosa Parks in heaven listening to Nicki Minaj.” In the clip, the user looks offended by the lyric.
“Sis it’s Black History Month, leave Rosa alone,” another wrote.
“Why did Nicki Minaj slam Rosa Parks on her birthday?” one user asked, before quipping “This is why we listen to cardi b in our house.”
Why did Nicki Minaj slam Rosa Parks on her birthday?— 🐳 ➐ (@AgentMyspace) February 4, 2020
This is why we listen to cardi b in our house pic.twitter.com/AmxRm0PNws
The two collaborated for the song “Nice to Meet Ya”, which the Grammy winner called “legendary.”
“My manager started managing her so that was my in. They told me she doesn’t do a feature, she has to really like the song. So I was so excited,” Trainor, 26, says of working with the rapper.
“Dude, in high school I used to party to her songs all the time and learned every single word. So this was like a huge deal for me. She actually is one of my favorite songwriters.”