Grab your popcorn and buckle the eff up, people! This just took a turn!
On Tuesday, Nicki Minaj (tried to) start a conversation about racism against black women in the music industry and pop culture as a whole by calling out MTV for not nominating her “Anaconda” music video for Video of the Year.
“If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year,” she wrote.
The Twitterverse, always seeking out drama whether there’s drama to be had or not, assumed she was shading Taylor Swift, whose “Bad Blood” video did get nominated for Video of the Year and features a bounty of skinny, white supermodels.
Taylor, perhaps in a knee-jerk response to the @ replies about sh*t-talking more than Nicki’s original tweet, decided to involve herself and tweeted back:
“I've done nothing but love & support you,” she wrote. “It's unlike you to pit women against each other.” To which Nicki subsequently replied, "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."
That was Tuesday. Nicki continued to tweet about how “black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it,” while Taylor tried to make nice (“If I win, please come up with me!! You're invited to any stage I'm ever on.”)
A full 24 hours later, Katy Perry had something to say:
This one requires a bit of explanation: See, the “Bad Blood” video that Taylor got a nomination for is about Perry. Well, that’s all but confirmed at this point. Taylor told Rolling Stone
the song was about another pop star who “did something so horrible. I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies.'...She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour.” Everyone put two and two together
, while Taylor has since vowed
to never talk about Katy Perry again.
In Katy’s tweet, she’s calling Taylor a hypocrite for saying Nicki “pits women against one another.” As we interpret it, Katy thinks Taylor has immeasurably capitalized -- with 360 million views on YouTube, with that Video of the Year nomination -- off a video in which Taylor's famous friends are strutted out to “take down” another woman (i.e. Katy Perry).
Katy followed that up with a tweet throwing her support behind Rihanna:
Meanwhile, Taylor has yet to issue any further statements. And while certain parts of the Internet take delight in newfound backlash against her -- which is unfortunate, as Taylor has always been open about her growth in regards to feminism
, and this should be used as a teachable moment -- Nicki continues to stress the point that’s been lost in all the talk of “feuds” and “catfights”:
“Nothing to do with any of the women, but everything to do with a system that doesn't credit black women for their contributions to pop culture as freely/quickly as they reward others,” she wrote in an Instagram caption. “We are huge trendsetters, not second class citizens that get thrown crumbs. This isn't anger. This is #information.”
Speaking of this year's VMAs, find out how Miley Cyrus ended up as host: