“If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us,” she says in a new interview.
“You shouldn’t not want to know that.”
At issue was the MTV Video of the Year Award. Nicki’s highly stylized video for her song “Anaconda” wasn’t even nominated.
Nicki was none too happy about that.
“If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year,” she wrote in response on Twitter. “I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much, but are rarely rewarded for it.”
The nominees this year were Beyonce for “7/11,” Ed Sheeran for “Thinking Out Loud,” Kendrick Lamar for “Alright,” Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for “Uptown Funk” and Taylor Swift for “Bad Blood.”
The thin white girl with the video full of slim white girls won.
Minaj’s sour grapes prompted a response from both Cyrus and Swift.
“If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself,” Cyrus told The New York Times.
Swift took it to a more personal level: “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,” she Tweeted.
The “Bad Blood” singer later apologized after Minaj said her beef wasn’t about her. But Nicki was still seething at Cyrus when the VMAs aired in August.
When Nicki took the stage to accept the Rap Video of the Year award, she let fly.
“This bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press,” she said, pointing directly at Cyrus. “Miley, what’s good?” she continued before MTV switched off her mic, muting her final words, “Don’t play with me, bitch.”
In her new interview in The New York Times magazine, Nicki explained where she was coming from.
“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” she said.
“You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad,” she added.
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