It seems like everybody — and we mean everybody — has an opinion on the Taylor Swift-Nicki Minaj feud. Shortly after the 2015 VMA nominations were announced, the “Super Bass” rapper got Twitter buzzing when she slammed MTV for not giving Black women credit for the real influence they have on pop culture.
“Hey guys @MTV thank you for my nominations. Did Feeling Myself miss the deadline or …?” she tweeted on Tuesday morning. “If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist… Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year,” continued Barbz.
In fact, her sassy tweets hit a nerve with fellow nominee, Swift and her fans who before clarifying, took Minaj’s discussion as a direct jab. “@NICKIMINAJ 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,” the Bad Blood singer tweeted. It was downhill from there, as fans from both sides, including Katy Perry (who sounded off in defense of Minaj).
And while Minaj insists that she simply wanted to point out that Black women do not get enough recognition for their influence on pop culture, others aren’t buying it. Whoopi Goldberg addressed the drama on Wednesday’s episode of “The View” saying. “What the hell is going on? What is happening? Beyoncé gets nominated and wins. You can’t say on one hand that it’s all about skinny girls. Not that I’m putting Beyoncé down but I’m just saying that’s a full-figured b—-. I’m sorry.”
For those who missed the epic exchange, Minaj voiced her disappointment that her “Anaconda” video as well as her Tidal exclusive “Feeling Myself” featuring the Queen B, didn’t receive more love from MTV. When further discussing the topic, Goldberg wondered if Minaj’s explanation was even valid.
“[Beyoncé] gets nominated so maybe [“Anaconda”] wasn’t their cup of tea,” she explained. “Maybe it wasn’t anything but that.”
New co-host Michelle Collins, however, stood with #TeamNicki saying. “Anaconda’ is one of the few videos that I remember from the last year. I loved the video,” she explained. “I thought it was entertaining and that’s what this is about. I think she has a point. Hollywood in general; skinny girls go further.”