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Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift Twitter spat becomes culture war

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

#TeamTaylor! Piers Morgan BLASTS Nicki Minaj, calls her ‘stroppy little piece of work’.

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.Who knew that the VMA scuffle heard ’round the world could balloon to such insane levels that Piers Morgan would feel the need to add his (irrelevant) voice to the fray?

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. Not only did she end up expressing her exasperation with the media, who said she initiated a Twitter feud with Taylor Swift, but she also had a few words for MTV and what she considered a double standard when it comes to black and white female artists.

In a column (?) for The Daily Mail, Morgan rails against Nicki Minaj and defends Taylor Swift by taking the conversation all over the place and basically forcing us to utter, “Whet?” in sheer confusion. And there, in a single tweet on Tuesday, rapper Nicki Minaj kicked off a conversation about race, feminism, and the music industry that might have been ignored had it not been derailed by the planet’s biggest pop star, Taylor Swift. 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. When the “other” girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination.

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