Well I’m a fan of neither, especially Miley Cyrus, but in her NYT interview about the dust up between the VMAs/Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj, I have to agree with her. First, here’s part of the NYT interview,
What did you make of the Nicki Minaj controversy around the V.M.A.s — that she was upset “Anaconda” wasn’t nominated for Video of the Year?
I saw that. I didn’t really get into it. I know there was some beef. I don’t really know. There’s a way to talk to people …
Do you know what she said?
She was saying that everyone was white and blonde that got nominated, I heard? And then Taylor Swift butted in.
She may have alluded to “Wrecking Ball” also, saying that when a naked white girl breaks a Vevo record she gets nominated.
I didn’t follow it. You know what I always say? Not that this is jealousy, but jealousy does the opposite of what you want it to — that’s a yoga mantra. People forget that the choices that they make and how they treat people in life affect you in a really big way. If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it.
And it’s not anger like, “Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.”
You made it about you. Not to sound like a bitch, but that’s like, “Eh, I didn’t get my V.M.A.”
But she was ——
If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: “This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type.”
I think she did say that ——
What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about. Now you’ve just given E! News “Catfight! Taylor and Nicki Go at It.”
I know you can make it seem like, Oh I just don’t understand because I’m a white pop star. I know the statistics. I know what’s going on in the world. But to be honest, I don’t think MTV did that on purpose.
When the drama first started I didn’t feel for Nicki Minaj. I find it very ironic, a woman who didn’t love the body she was in, got plastic surgery and is now fighting for the rights of girls with fake big asses and breast implants. Another way to look at it is that she is mad the media supports skinny flat chested women, but she herself was skinny and very flat before the surgery. And I find it extremely doubtful she got the plastic surgery because she wanted to change the perception of curvy women in the media. Don’t worry boo, there are naturally curvacious celebrities getting awards and taking up that fight. And they don’t have to get on all fours to do it.
Lets be honest, Anaconda wasn’t all that and Nicki’s argument talking about how many Youtube hits it got is flawed. The lyrics were elementary, the cutesy rap voice is annoying and I only watched it once but I’m sure men probably watched it a dozen times…on mute. With that said I did like the video and I support women doing what they want with their bodies and showing it off. However, even though Miley Cyrus’ song for Wrecking Ball was just as annoying for me, if not more, at least she attempted to sing a song with meaning. I think that’s the point a lot of people are missing. Unfortunately, Nicki’s video just isn’t fitting with the agenda right now. Feminism right now means not explicitly using sex to sell. People are over it. Sex is so easily available for free, that you have to do something different. Rihanna and Beyonce are perfect examples of being sexy but not being on Team #TooMuch.
Nicki just remixed an iconic song and shook her ass. That’s all. The video wasn’t even remotely creative and looked as if it was made for a new artist. I live hiphop, I understand her point, we get it, but this isn’t about race. Stop trying to get people to support selfish causes by claiming racism. The VMAs aren’t racist. I find it laughable she’d be complaining about anything when her success is driven by default wins (the fact that she’s the only female rapper allowed to be in the spotlight right now).
Nicki’s response has been basically mute thus far. This is probably because Miley doesn’t seem like the Taylor Swift type who is going to back down just because the ‘Barbz’ come after her. I don’t think Miley is wrong and Nicki’s comments did come off more about her rather than the cause of black women in media. Lets face it, Nicki is about herself, would she have cared if it was another black woman who came out with Anaconda getting denied a VMA? Based on her lack of collaborations with other black female singers and rappers, my guess is, no.