Taylor Swift now admits that she spoke too soon when she called out Nicki Minaj on Twitter on Tuesday.
After Nicki started a conversation about racism against black women in the music industry when she criticized MTV for not nominating her super-popular "Anaconda" music video for Video of the Year at the VMAs -- and Taylor surprisingly bit back at her by accusing her of pitting women against other women -- the 25-year-old "Bad Blood" singer apologized on Thursday.
"I thought I was being called out," Taylor wrote. "I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I'm sorry, Nicki."
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
Nicki has since accepted her apology, also writing that she has even more respect for Taylor now.
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
Nicki, 32, has previously insisted she wasn't referring to Taylor when she initially tweeted, "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. ... If I was a different "kind" of artist, "Anaconda" would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well."
Taylor's response -- "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." -- has since been criticized by some as being tone deaf and missing the point about Nicki's larger argument.
Nicki reinforced her point on Instagram on Wednesday, sharing a Marie Claire article calling out why Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus got MTV nods for being provocative in music videos, when Nicki was snubbed despite breaking records for "Anaconda" and making a huge impact on pop culture.
Marie Claire, thank u ❤️ Time Magazine, The Guardian, New York Times, Complex, Vibe, Karen Civil, TV Guide, etc. The list goes on of news/media outlets who used their voice to help me make a very obvious point. Thank you so much. 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. We are huge trendsetters, not second class citizens that get thrown crumbs. This isn't anger. This is #information. It's all love to MTV. Kisses to my fans and thank you for my 3 nominations. #ThePinkprintTOUR tonight in VA! Over 15 thousand people. I can't wait to see u guys. 😘❤️
"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," Nicki explained. "We are huge trendsetters, not second class citizens that get thrown crumbs. This isn't anger. This is #information."
On Wednesday, Taylor's nemesis Katy Perry got in on the awkward Twitter spat, calling out Taylor for asking women to support one another even though she admitted to Rolling Stone that "Bad Blood" is about a feud with a fellow pop star -- which we can all safely assume at this point is about the "Dark Horse" singer.
Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman...— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 22, 2015