31 People Who Are Loving This Taylor Swift-Nicki Minaj-Katy Perry Twitter Feud

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Katy Perry weighs in on VMA debate.

After Nicki Minaj tweeted about her lack of VMA nominations on Tuesday (“If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year”), Taylor Swift responded, saying “It’s unlike you to pit women against each other.” The two debated on Twitter, drawing a huge audience and inciting a conversation about feminism and pop stardom.

Morgan did not disappoint, penning a screed in which he scolded “stroppy little piece of work” Nikki Minaj — as well as what he called “Black Twitter” — for daring to criticize the nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards. To quickly recount the origin of his outrage, it began with this tweet by Minaj: To which Minaj politely replied that she stop considering it a personal insult and use her platform as a means to criticize institutional racism and sexism: To Morgan’s mind, Minaj’s calmly worded request that Swift investigate the racism and sexism inherent in the system required a white knight to rush her defense — and who’s whiter or more anachronistic than him?

The nominations for the annual music awards were announced on Tuesday, and although Minaj scored three nods, she questioned why she wasn’t recognized in the Video of the Year category and why her video with Beyonce didn’t even get a mention. Perry also gave props to Rihanna, whose “Bitch Better Have My Money” video was not nominated for any VMAs despite coming out within the nominations window. Putting aside the obvious problems with Morgan’s rambling essay — that every “paragraph” is only one sentence long; or that he makes it about himself, recalling a time in which Minaj denied his request for a photograph; or that he characterizes a tweet that literally contains 14 smiley faces as “raging” — the piece’s most striking quality is its deliberate and defiant tone deafness. Swift received a total of nine VMA nominations for her “Bad Blood” and “Blank Space” videos, while Minaj only earned three for “Anaconda.” (Notably, her collaboration with Beyonce, “Feeling Myself,” was shut out completely.) Following Tuesday’s discussion, Minaj posted a note to Instagram saying her tweets were not against any single female artist but “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.

The day after dashcam footage of Sandra Bland’s increasingly dubious looking arrest was released, Morgan is boasting about having tweeted “#ALLLivesMatter” and chastising “Black Twitter,” which he describes as “a very large, vocal and aggressive social media group of mainly black Americans who collectively leap on any perceived racial insult or bias to expel their indignation.” Morgan suggests that distinctive black voices matter about as much as individual black lives — and that neither are as important as Taylor Swift. “I have every sympathy with Taylor, who did absolutely nothing wrong,” he wrote. “And I have no sympathy with Nicki Minaj, who emerges as a whiny brat that just doesn’t like losing. Maybe one of the men took your slot…” Minaj was confused by her response, since the goal of her Twitter rant was to point out that “Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it”, and she fired back, “Huh?

He can claim that he doesn’t hold this “opinion because I’m white,” and he’s half-correct — it’s because he’s not particularly intelligent and white that he’s incapable of understanding what’s so problematic with his statements. Kisses to my fans and thank you for my three nominations.” Marie Claire, thank u Time Magazine, The Guardian, New York Times, Complex, Vibe, Karen Civil, TV Guide, etc.

That’s not a feeling someone as profoundly opposed to racism as Morgan professes to be would ever feel, and that’s something he doesn’t seem to realize. But u should speak on this… I’m still confused as to why u just tweeted me when I made it abundantly clear…” Minaj then shared a link to an article headlined “Taylor Swift blasts Nicki Minaj for #VMAs jab” and added the caption, “(DJ) Ryan (Seacrest) posted a headline of Taylor saying she loves & supports me.

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