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The infamous feud about between Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus that began in The New York Times and got ugly at the VMAs has now returned to the pages of the Times.
In an Oct. 7 interview, Minaj spoke about the episode that is “still bothering” her, addressing Cyrus’s comments about Minaj’s anger at being snubbed for the Video of the Year award at the VMAs, coupled with the comment on Twitter that black women are seldom rewarded for their contributions and influence on pop culture.
“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls,” Minaj says. “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?”
The feud began when on July 21 Minaj tweeted: “If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, ‘Anaconda’ would be nominated,” followed by ‘‘If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated,’’ and “I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.”
Taylor Swift took Minaj’s comment as an attack on her own nomination, tweeting in 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…”
Miley Cyrus then inserted herself into the argument, criticizing Minaj in her own interview with The Times on Aug. 27. She claimed that Minaj lacked an “open heart” and “love,” and added that she didn’t respect Minaj’s comment “because of the anger that came with it.” Cyrus went on to call the remarks “not very polite” saying the remarks were “Very Nicki Minaj” and that “Nicki Minaj is not too kind.”
While the animosity between Minaj and Swift was short-lived, the feud with Cyrus intensified. At the VMAs on August 30, while Minaj and Swift performed together — and even hugged at the end of their duet — Minaj took the opportunity to address Cyrus directly with harsh anger: “This bitch that had a lot to say about me the other day in the press.” She then pointed at Cyrus, saying, “Miley, what’s good?” While MTV cut Minaj’s mike, but the audience could still see her saying, “Don’t play with me, bitch.”
Cyrus, who hosted the VMAs replied, “Hey, we’re all in this industry. We all do interviews and we all know how they manipulate s—,” she said, adding “Nicki congratu–f—ing—lations,” then went on to tell the audience about voting for the show.
Now, over a month after the incident at the VMAs, in the Times interview Minaj again directly addressed Cyrus, focusing her words on Cyrus’ appropriation of black culture without, what Minaj claims, possessing a deeper desire to understand it. “Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad,” says Minaj. “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.”
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