Taylor Swift & Miley Cyrus
After Nicki Minaj criticized the VMAs for celebrating "women with very slim bodies" in the Video Of The Year category, while snubbing her "Anaconda" video, Taylor Swift decided to take the argument personally.
After the confusing reply, Minaj made it clear that this was not about Taylor but of larger issues of equality in the industry.
Taylor Swift later apologized for misunderstanding the situation, and the two performed at the VMAs together to officially squash any inklings of beef. However, Minaj's comments had inspired criticism from Miley Cyrus is the time since Nicki and Taylor made up.
"If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that," she said of Minaj's VMA critique to the New York Times. "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.... 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.”
Miley happened to be the host of the very VMAs Nicki was talking about. Following her acceptance speech for Best Hip-Hop Video, Minaj called Miley out for the comments.
"Now back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press - Miley, what's good?" said Nicki, to which Miley replied with the suggestion that her words were spun by the paper. "We all do interviews, and we all know how they can be manipulated, Congratu-fucking-lations, Nicki."
Things were never officially squashed between the two, and Nicki went on to rap "Miley what's good?' on her "Down In The DM" remix, as well as clarifying why Cyrus' comments were problematic in her own NYT interview.
"The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls. 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. 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. You shouldn’t not want to know that.’"