A backup dancer working on the MTV Video Music Awards performance of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” was bitten by one of the actual snakes during rehearsal Friday.
A six-foot-long boa constrictor named Rocky, who was being used as a prop, bit the dancer; Minaj was on stage and personally rushed to her dancer’s side.
According to MTV, the incident occurred when the dancer was carrying the huge snake draped around her shoulders. The music was immediately stopped.
Minaj rushed over asking, “Did she just get bit by the snake?”
The snake, which constricts is prey, is not venomous. The unidentified female was treated at the scene where her wound was cleaned and then hospitalized.
This was done to prevent bacterial infection “out of an abidance of caution,” said Chris Velvin, director of production safety for MTV’s parent company Viacom.
The rehearsal was in preparation for Sunday’s star-studded MTV VMAs.
Velvin said an animal handler was nearby and removed the snake, a Dumeril’s boa constrictor that had worked in the industry for 15 years, from the set.
“This was in no way life-threatening, but scary,” Velvin said afterward.
“We wanted her to start getting treatment as soon as possible.”
Rest assured, the show will go on Sunday. And if the Nicki Minaj “Anaconda” music video is any indication, you best grab a hat and hold the f–k onto it.
The plan is to use a different snake for Minaj’s act, which is guaranteed to be risque and might even rank among the all-time craziest VMA moments ever.
At the very least, it’s going to shatter the Miley Cyrus 2013 VMAs record for most insane displays of Twerking in a single four-minute live performance.