Taylor Swift has apologized to Nicki Minaj after she chastised the rapper for tweets accusing the industry of favoring artists with “slim bodies.”
It’s been quite the 48 hours on twitter for the rapper and the pop star. After MTV failed to nominate Nicki’s “Anaconda” video for a “Video of the Year” MVA, she took to twitter to call out the industry for snubbing women of a certain body type.
When Nicki tweeted, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” Taylor Swift, feeling personally attacked, jumped into the fray, “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..”
“Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u,” tweeted Nicki, “I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13”
Later, Nicki tweeted, “I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.”
Taylor tried to make nice, “If I win, please come up with me!! You’re invited to any stage I’m ever on.”
If Nicki wasn’t referring to Taylor I wonder which girls with “slim bodies” she was referring to in her tweet? In any case, it seemed improbable initially, but now, Taylor has stepped up to apologize to the ex-American Idol judge for making the issue about herself.
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 accepted her apology:
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
Let’s move on, said Nicki. But not before she blew kisses to singer, Katy Perry.
Yesterday. Katy stepped into the conversation to roll her eyes hard at Taylor. Her MVA nominated “Bad Blood,” featuring a slew of slim bodies, was written as a diss to Katy, whom Taylor reportedly accused of stealing backup dancers in the middle of her tour.
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
Taylor Swift has made a living taking people down in her songs, so having a seat in this instance, is a smart idea. Next time, Nicki might consider thinking before she tweets. First she called out the industry for favoring slim girls, then messily morphed the conversation into a discussion about race. Beyonce actually nominated in the category she was complaining about diluted her point.
I’d love to hear Nicki’s thoughts on the subject of black women and the music industry, but a 140 character tweet, half of which are smilie emojis, won’t do the complex subject justice.
Now, I’m waiting for the big MVA Nicki/Taylor collab. You know it’s going to happen.
UPDATE: Nicki clarified her tweets on Instagram:
“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.”
Nicki linked to this piece in Marie Claire that talks about racism in the music industry.
Just to be fair, I present the goofiest photo of Taylor I have in my collection. We’re equal opportunity snarkers here at mjsbigblog.