Decoding WTF’s Happened With Nicki Minaj And Taylor Swift
The Debrief: This is no simple feud, and to mistake it as one doesn’t do Nicki justice…
Nicki has accepted Taylor's apology!
That means so much Taylor, thank you. @taylorswift13 ❤️❤️❤️— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
I've always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let's move on. https://t.co/mx9pfIdnzT— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
As for what she wants us to move on to? The story of Sandra Bland.
Because while American pop culture has a lot of racial bias to address, what's not entirely unconnected is the way systems like the police, propped up by the media, see fit to treat black people terribly. Sandra, 28, was arrested by police for missing an indication when switching lanes and died in their custody three days later. Police are saying she committed suicide, but with America's dodgy record on extrajudicial killings of black people, there's much more to the story.
UPDATE: One day after the argument-not-argument, Taylor has tweeted an apology to Nicki Minaj for not getting it.
I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 23, 2015
ORIGINAL POST: You’ve heard there’s been a bit of a disagreement on Twitter between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. And you want to know what’s going on, right? Well, before we begin, a few things need to be made clear. Firstly, this is no simple argument, with both parties declaring their love for each other and secondly, Nicki’s hit out at pop music as an industry – not Taylor Swift.
Now we can begin. After the MTV VMA nominations were announced – Taylor got nine, Nicki got four (two of them via collaborations) – Nicki got the feeling that Anaconda should’ve been a bit more… recognised. After all, it was the video that spawned a billion memes and we’ve still got the tune rumbling through our heads right now.
Nicki noted that in previous years, videos similar to hers got nominated much more than Anaconda has been. What’s the issue here?
If I was a different “kind” of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. □□□— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
U couldn’t go on social media w/o seeing ppl doing the cover art, choreo, outfits for Halloween...an impact like that & no VOTY nomination?— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
When the “other” girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination. □□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□□— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
At this point, she then noticed what her fans had to say about MTV’s snubs:
WELL WELL WELL. pic.twitter.com/vHX08emiTe— ️ (@nickicomments) July 21, 2015
She also had a point to make about different body sizes and how certain ones will get applauded while Anaconda – a video extolling the virtues of a curvier body – will get forgotten at awards ceremonies.
If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year □□□□□□□□□□□□□— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
Nicki then spoke about how much she rates Beyoncé’s 7/11 video (nominated for video of the year) and how much she appreciated how ‘hands on’ she was with their nominated collaboration. Anyway, while she was musing on all this, Taylor Swift saw it and leapt to the conclusion that Nicki was having a go at her:
@NICKIMINAJ I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
Taylor then offered Nicki the opportunity to be one of her stage-pals (Taylor’s got a thing about bringing her friends on stage whenever she can)
@NICKIMINAJ If I win, please come up with me!! You’re invited to any stage I’m ever on.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
But Nicki was a bit thrown by this:
Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
See, calling out a culture that sees white women celebrated over black women doesn’t actually mean Nicki’s having a go at any specific white woman. In the same way calling out homophobia isn’t an attack on straight people or calling out sexism isn’t an attack on men. In its simplest terms, Nicki was hating the game, not the player. But Taylor responded by making it about her.
As one person put it:
Nicki was making valid points about the history of racism in the music industry, Taylor should be standing by her not making it about her— becca (@margaerytyreII) July 21, 2015
While the conversation might be reported as a ‘feud’, it’d be good to seek a resolution. Somehow, Taylor could do well to realise that, hey, there’s millions of reasons why people might love her and fawn over her, but it's not always just because of her talent or skill.
It’s worth noting that, for some, Taylor will always be their fave, because she simply fits the bill of a pretty slim blonde woman that they want to see succeed in pop. As for Nicki? We eagerly await how she’s going to make sure MTV know that her problem is with them; will she turn up to the VMAs in a show-stopping outfit that distracts from everyone else? Or will she snub them as hard as they snubbed her?
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