I know this might be the biggest non-issue of the year, and after dual admissions by both parties that the whole thing was a ruse, the general consensus of the internet (as judged by YouTube comments) is that the whole ordeal is over.
But when you add up all the evidence, all the relevant primary sources, it seems pretty weird to think that DJ Khaled was actually joking when he made his uncomfortably sincere proposal to Nicki Minaj last week.
I hate to add to this otherwise pointless discussion any more, but hear me out on my logic: Everyone can agree that the proposal video was very believable; Khaled even revealed that he's been getting offers for acting gigs based off that "performance." Here's a more plausible conclusion: he wasn't acting. He's says he's joking now to spare himself the embarrassment.
I know I don't know the guy personally, but he seems like the kind of dude who would secretly take a liking to a superstar bombshell like Minaj. I can see him as kind of the shy, brooding sort of guy who prefers a night in catching up on his Netflix cue than going out on the town 5 out of 7 nights of the week. He probably writes really sappy poetry about how he's "suffering from success" or some other similarly contradictory theme. Of course, this is pure speculation.
But also worth examining is how this "publicity stunt" played out. After he made the proposal, Minaj kept quiet on the subject for four days, a lapse in communication that seems indicative of genuine surprise and confusion. Indeed, she seemed pretty shocked at the whole thing in her chat with Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex, so obviously she wasn't "in on it" and apparently "crazy" Khaled just decided to do this himself to drum up publicity for their upcoming collab, "I Wanna Be With You."
My question is, why didn't Khaled play this up more, if he really did this just for publicity? Instead of admitting that the jig was up, either he himself, or the both of them, could've carried this on and on and made it the publicity stunt of the century. After a cruel "rejection" by Minaj, Khaled could retreat within himself, torn and heartbroken, releasing more singles with disappointing titles like "We Were Meant to Be" or "Why Won't You Love Me". Throw a Drake or Miguel feature to croon over it and you would have the hearts of your fans, and their wallets, in the palm of your hand for a good couple months. Minaj could fire back and act like she's mad about it or something, with her whole "split personality" schtick put into overdrive. I can see a single now entitled "You Don't Deserve Me" featuring, I don't know, Lady Gaga or someone. This could be big, guys!
Instead, Khaled backtracks just like any rejected high schooler would after shooting for the stars and asking The Hot Cheerleader to prom. He knew he'd be rejected, but to save face, he claims it was all "a joke." And despite how much money he has, who in their right mind drops $500K on a ring just for a short-lived hoax?
Well Khaled, you're not gonna fool this intern. I personally think my version of the fiasco is calculated to reap the maximum amount of exposure and gossip news coverage than your shoddy attempt at a fabricated scandal. And yes, I am in the market for a job if the price is right (minimum six figures though, let's not kid ourselves about this), and yes, you do need my services.
In conclusion, I'm onto you, Khaled. You can't hide your lying face from me.
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