Yes, that headline is factually correct and there's even audio to back it all up in case you think this is a satirical article or the like.
On yesterday's broadcast of her Beats 1 show, Nicki Minaj spent much of the show discussing women who had battled their way through male-dominated industries and called out to the likes of Halle Berry and then, mid-flow, gave a shout-out to Margaret Thatcher.
"Everyone has to express their truth and I have to ruffle a few feathers along the way, I don't care. I have to do it because so many women get bullied in their workplace," said Minaj. "They get told that they'll never make it, then when they do make it they get told they won't be here for long, then when they're here for long they get told: 'You're not that good.' Shout-out to Margaret Thatcher."
Minaj went on, explaining that "sometimes queens and women of power have to do things that even they aren't happy about doing, but they know it's for the betterment of what's to come and who's to come."
Margaret Thatcher is perhaps best known in Ireland for her handling of the Hunger Strikes of 1981 which saw Bobby Sands, Francis Hughes, Raymond McCreesh, Patsy O'Hara, Joe McDonnell, Martin Hurson, Kevin Lynch, Kieran Doherty, Thomas McElwee and Michael Devine starve to death after Thatcher refused to recognise them as prisoners of war.
In the United Kingdom, Thatcher sought to undermine workers' unions and compared the Miners' Strike of 1984-85 with the Falklands War, declaring the leadership of the miners unions as "much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty." Thatcher also supported the retention of capital punishment in the '60s and introduced Section 28 in 1988, which banned the promotion of homosexuality in local authorities and in British schools, and was widely viewed as tacit government support of homophobia.
Naturally enough, Nicki Minaj's support of Thatcher wasn't warmly received on Twitter. Here's a quick glance of how it went down.
As if Nicki Minaj just did a shoutout to Margaret Thatcher on the radio.. she’s about to ruin her career just like Thatcher ruined Britain ðŸ˜¬
— Lee MunroðŸÂ?³ï¸Â?ðŸŒˆ (@_leemunro) August 23, 2018
nicki minaj aligning herself with harriet tubman and then giving a shout out to margaret thatcher in the same breath... how polarising
— Livvi (@LivviLamb) August 23, 2018
So what we learnt this week is that Nicki Minaj knows nothing about Margaret Thatcher.
— Steven (@SCFack) August 24, 2018
And just for a final word on the topic, here's Frankie Boyle discussing Margaret Thatcher on 'Mock The Week' and her funeral arrangements.