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June 10, 2015updated 19 Jul 2021 3:10pm

There were 1,000 Nicki Minaj cutouts on the steps of the Helsinki Cathedral this morning

By City Monitor Staff

Say, for the sake of argument, you had a Venn diagram, with one circle marked “city news”, and one marked “Nicki Minaj”. The overlap would be pretty slim, right? Non-existant, even?

Ha, no, because you reckoned without this story, which winged its way over to us from Finland today. 

You see, Helsinki Cathedral, a major landmark in the Finnish capital, was today invaded by a 1,000-strong parade of lifesize Nicki Minaj cutouts. Each was doing a squat, in a pose which you’ll recognise from the cover of Minaj’s “Anaconda” single. 

They lined up ominously on the cathedral’s steps like an army of invading aliens: 

They are definitely watching you. Image: imgur.

The whole thing (this’ll shock you) was a marketing stunt. According to the Helsinki News, some of the cut-outs came with two tickets to the country’s Summer Up festival taped to their backs. The festival will be headlined by Minaj this year. 

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Despite the rational explanation behind the stunt, there is still something horribly ominous about it: 

Did one of them just blink? Image: Summer Up. 

So, if festivals (or lifesize cutouts of squatting singers) are your bag, hot-foot your way over to Helsinki cathedral. Or, if, like us, the whole thing’s giving you the creeps, go look at some pictures of cats for a bit. 


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