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Over the Weekend, Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj Encouraged Fans to Vote and One Was Very NSFW

On Friday, the Right’s leading ladies, Laura Ingraham and Ann Coulter, took on their hip-hop counterpartsNicki Minaj and Beyoncé. In separate tweets that were meant to draw a parallel between the musicians’ lyrics and Donald Trump‘s seeming encouragement of sexual assault, they each made their case and were subsequently dragged by the singers’ respective fans.

While not necessarily in direct response to the arguments from Ingraham and Coulter, Minaj and Bey both used their performance slots at this weekend’s Tidal X: 1015 showcase to remind their fans that civic engagement goes deeper than participation on social media.

Here is Beyoncé:

In full, here are her remarks, which were delivered after a performance of “All Night”:

I know this year has been extremely hard for us. I know sometimes I’ve felt powerless and frustrated. There’s been so much negativity and nonsense. It can be easy to feel hopeless and want to just block the world out but doing nothing right now is not an option, y’all. I know it seems like things are bad, but if you think they can’t get worse, just ask your grandparents. Remember, Barack Obama is our president. You made that happen. Young people made that happen. We are not helpless. The fire is still burning. Please go out and vote this November. So many people have died and sacrificed so much for us to have our voice. We have to use it. Get in formation. Use our voices to do something great for our children.

Beyoncé’s appeal to young voters was straightforward and emotional. Minaj gave one, too, but used a slightly different format:

We won’t transcribe the entire thing for obvious reasons, but after calling on female concert attendees to stand up against men who are intimidated by their strength and otherwise hold them down, she shared her opinion that President Barack Obama needs Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton needs Hillary Clinton, both of whom are seen as strong, assertive women.

“You better pray to god you don’t get stuck with a motherfucking Melania,” she cautioned fans in reference to Melania Trump, who has not been an overtly vocal or visible part of Donald Trump‘s campaign for the presidency.

When responding to a fan account that lauded her for “dragging” Trump, Minaj said the following:

Lest you think Minaj’s speech was the most hardcore aspect of night, be advised that Beyoncé ripped an earring out of her earlobe, wiped the blood away, glanced at it on her hand, and continued performing. Maybe that is the sort of rugged female strength that Minaj was talking about the whole time.

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