Rapper Nicki Minaj Can't Stop Talking About Red Lobster
When working in the arts, people often have a day job, a set of employable skills they can fall back on when success is elusive. Although rapper and songwriter Nicki Minaj has certainly found fame, even she has a safety career in waitressing. As Gawker has found, Minaj can't stop talking about her time at a Red Lobster. She keeps bringing it up during interviews.
If only Red Lobster felt the same way.
The latest mention is in GQ, where Minaj talked about being fired from a Bronx Red Lobster:
Rule 1: Don't come between a waitress and her pen, yo.
She was fired from a waitressing job at a Red Lobster after she followed a couple who had taken her pen into the parking lot and then flipped them the bird. I asked her if it was a special pen. "No," she said. "It was the principle."
Gawker noticed that the Great Pen Escapade has resurfaced over the years. In 2010, according to a Vibe profile the pen thief was male.
What she apparently wasn't fired for was breaking a long fingernail that dropped into someone's salad, as the magazine reported:
She was fired for following a customer into the parking lot, knocking on his car window and giving him the finger. "He stole my pen!" she says cackling. "I gave him the pen to sign the credit card slip, and I was gonna show him: I will lose my job for a pen. So I chased him into the freaking parking lot. Who does that?!"
Bad attitude, maybe? Minaj agreed when speaking to Billboard a few months later, although she did suddenly make the pen thief female:
"Our manager said 'Look at this, Onika [her real given name]. This is not good,'" recalls a former coworker. "And Onika goes, 'Damn, I know! I can't believe I just broke my freaking nail!'"
Bad to the bone ... or carapace, since we are talking about lobsters. Bad enough that she wasn't fired from just one Red Lobster, as Gawker quoted a 2010 Minaj radio interview:
I'd been fired like 15 times because I had a horrible attitude. I worked at Red Lobster before that and I chased a customer out of the restaurant once so I could stick my middle finger up at her and demand that she give me my pen back. I swear to God I was bad."
Don't these places talk to one another? No, it just turned out that Minaj said that "you had to lie and say you had never worked at Red Lobster before." Because once they found out you had worked there before, they fired you. It couldn't be that horrible attitude.
"... I got fired from, like, five different Red Lobsters. I got fired from, like, every Red Lobster you could think of: The Bronx, Long Island, Queens, everywhere. I don't know why, but they thought I had [an] attitude."
In a 2012 interview with Jay Leno, Minaj again talked about Red Lobster, only this time complaining about the insatiable appetite some customers seem to have for cheddar biscuits, as Vibe separately reported.
But just last year, according to Marie Claire, Minaj's favorite memory of her Red Lobster days was "eating all the bread."
"They always want too much bread. That's what bothered me. You guys, please, if you go to Red Lobster, stop ordering extra bread," she pleaded. "We're so busy in the kitchen and it's like, the kitchen is hot, we're waiting for your orders, and have another table. And we go to the table thinking it's a big emergency and they're like: 'Can we have some more bread?'"
Is Minaj really obsessed with Red Lobster? Or is it that the media keeps bringing it up as a quick and easy source of outrageous anecdotes to help round out an interview?
Well, at least Minaj and Red Lobster customers can have a meeting of the minds on bread. Even if not on pens.