Following the tragic terrorist attack in London, Nicki Minaj has decided to cut part of "No Frauds." She shot scenes for the video of her collaboration with Drake and Lil Wayne on Westminster Bridge, which is where Khalid Masood killed four or five people when he drove his car into a crowd at the tourist destination on Wednesday, March 22 (he would later go on to stab a policeman to death just inside the railings in Parliament). The musician reportedly now feels it would be inappropriate to include these scenes in the final cut. Bustle has reached out to Minaj's manager for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.
According to an unnamed source in The Sun:
“When everybody involved in the project heard the news they were devastated and thought it would be in bad taste to feature it. The other London scenes will remain, but it’s highly doubtful the bridge footage will make the cut.”
While Minaj shot and wrapped the scenes just one day prior to the attack, if these reports are true, her decision is doubtlessly the right one for the circumstance.
For one thing, the attack didn't just affect those who lost their lives, but the 50 people who were injured and the families of these people. With the police unable to access the one encrypted WhatsApp message Masood sent before committing the attack, and with suspicions that his accomplices may still be at large, there's very much a sense of pain, confusion, and ongoing debate surrounding the act.
So, given the painful nature of people's associations with Westminster Bridge right now, it feels like a considerate and compassionate move on Minaj's part. It also shows that the city isn't just a glamorous backdrop for her music video, but that she's engaged and respectful about it as a place where people live (much as her tweet also suggests).
The rapper has a lot of time for the British capital, with an Instagram video of the filming of the video showing Meek Mills' ex waving a British flag and with the caption telling her fans "I'M HOME LONDON!!!!!!!!" and describing herself as waving her "second country's flag."
If the reports are true, Minaj's decision to edit the Westminster Bridge footage out of the video suggests that she recognizes that, like all good relationships, it's all about give and take. Perhaps this, just as much as her tweet and condolences to those affected by the attack, suggest how important London is to her.