Andreja Pejic Opens Up About How “Brave and Progressive” Taylor Swift Is

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Azealia Banks and Nicki Minaj blast MTV VMAs, Taylor responds.

Barack Obama shifted from baseball to football to analogize the limitations of meeting his goals as president during an appearance on “The Daily Show” Tuesday. “You’re always going to fall short, because if you’re hitting your marks, that means you didn’t set them high enough,” Obama said. “We don’t score a touchdown every time, but we move the ball forward.” Last year, the president, a sports fan, used the national pastime to describe his approach to global issues as a pursuit of incremental progress. “You hit singles, you hit doubles; every once in a while we may be able to hit a home run,” Obama said at last year’s news conference, in what’s since been dubbed the “Obama doctrine.” As Stewart prepares for his final episode on Aug. 6, he got one final opportunity to quiz the president and poke a little fun at his expense.The MTV Video Music Awards nominations were announced earlier that morning, and Nicki Minaj was none too pleased to learn that some of her music videos—including “Anaconda” and “Feelin’ Myself”—were snubbed in major categories like Video of the Year.

In a week that has witnessed Rachel Dolezal’s return, the Ashley Madison hack and those Gawker resignations, we didn’t need any more garbage news – and it’s only Wednesday. In its first 24 hours, the clip notched 19.6 million views, but it seemed to make more news for its content than for the records it broke, from Minaj’s willingness to show off her figure to her evident lack of concern with male praise in so doing (she famously brushes off Drake in the clip’s final moments). Minaj tweeted multiple times that she didn’t understand why her rump-shaking video for “Anaconda” wasn’t up for the top award when MTV announced the nominees Tuesday. But in the interview, which aired Tuesday night, Stewart put the spotlight on Obama’s tenure and the long list of problems that remain: unfinished business in the Middle East, for example, or shortcomings at the Department of Veterans Affairs. After the “white media” noticed a possible feud brewing, Minaj tweeted, “Nothing I said had to do with Taylor.” Realizing her misunderstanding, Swift wrote, “@NICKIMINAJ If I win, please come up with me!!

As he enters the home stretch, Obama took a victory lap on Stewart’s show, ticking off a list of achievements on health care, foreign policy and more. “The VA works better than when I came into office. Rather, she shared her thoughts about the suckerpunch feeling we’ve all experienced when we’ve lost out on something that we worked for and wanted. Minaj used Twitter to criticize her exclusion from the awards ceremony’s top category, one that included Taylor Swift for her much-promoted “Bad Blood” video (along with clips by Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, and Ed Sheeran). He recalled the sky-high expectations that awaited him when he was elected after a campaign in which his face was etched across the country on posters bearing the word “Hope.” Police dashcam video shows a Texas state trooper trying to drag a black motorist from her car after a minor traffic infraction, then drawing his stun gun and threatening her for refusing to follow his orders.The video shows the roadside encounter swiftly escalating into a shouting confrontation, with the officer holding a stun gun and warning 28-year-old Sandra Bland, “I will light you up,” for refusing to get out of her vehicle.Three days later, Bland was found dead in her jail cell.

She hasn’t merely called attention to the fact that her own video was the most successful, in terms of sheer cultural impact, of the past year—in so doing, she induced a major figure to say too much. Mars retweeted her and added, “SHOW YOURSELF!!! @edsheeran.” Sheeran, who is 5-foot-8, proved to be a worthy opponent, telling the 5-foot-5 “Locked Out of Heaven” singer, “@BrunoMars any way we do dis you gon’ come up short.” Mars wrote, “That Cut deep..U always know how to sheer me to the core. But it was Minaj’s comments about how “the ‘other’ girls” release record-breaking videos and earn nominations that created a ripple of tension and misunderstanding. Authorities say she hanged herself with a black plastic garbage bag — a contention her family and supporters dispute.The video posted online Tuesday by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows the trooper stopping Bland for failing to signal a lane change. Minaj, indeed, said not a word about Swift, and her remark about videos promoting “very slim” women could have meant anything. (Ed Sheeran’s nominated video, for instance, begins with a slender, silhouetted woman dancing.) Swift construed frank, uncensored remarks about the manner by which a remarkably accomplished black woman feels unrecognized by her industry as a personal attack.

Now, Minaj may just end up on the VMA stage after all: The top prize at the nebulously defined VMAs has historically gone to a genre-defining video, from Perry’s “Firework,” Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” back to Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Music videos are not so multifarious a category as films or TV, where relatively little-watched entries like Birdman or Mad Men can credibly claim an achievement award. When the “other” girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination.

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