Whoopi Goldberg Brings Beyoncé Into the Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift Feud: She …

23 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

In her response to Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift has just proven that she’s white feminism’s off-beat, bambi-legged Patronus.

As Nicki Minaj started an important conversation about race in the wake of the MTV VMA nominations, the question everyone kept asking was: but what does Piers Morgan think about this? Luckily the wait was relatively short, as the level-headed Daily Mail columnist wrote a piece where he described Minaj as a ‘stroppy little piece of work’ and said the reason her single “Anaconda” didn’t get nominated for Video Of The Year was because it wasn’t very good. “That’s not my opinion because I’m white. She then let off a series of tweets about her disillusionment towards the fact that her record-breaking Anaconda video, which amassed 19.6 million views in its first 24 hours on VEVO, was not deemed worthy of a Best Video nomination.

It’s my opinion based on watching them all, and agreeing with the nominations,” he said. “For Nicki Minaj, who is indisputably very talented, to play the race card just because her video didn’t get the nomination she wanted is a cheap piece of faux outrage deliberately designed to stir up unnecessary racial tension where it shouldn’t exist. Morgan had a productive day, writing his column while simultaneously trying to dismantle the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag for reasons that are still unclear. He went on to describe an attempted meeting with Nicki Minaj when she performed on America’s Got Talent, saying his three sons aged 16, 13 and 9 were eager to say hello but her ‘goons’ prevented them from going into her dressing room. Swift appears to have been so dazed by her own blinding white privilege that she couldn’t see Minaj’s tweets extended far beyond usual pop princess pettiness. He concluded the allegations of were ‘a load of old hogwash’ and explained that, actually, the music industry isn’t rife with racism any more because many of the world’s top musicians are black.

Her tone deaf response proves the music industry’s well-documented issues with race aren’t on her radar because they don’t affect her and instead of taking heed, took offence. Because when you look beyond the millions of dollars, fans and followers, Minaj is simply another black woman being accused of divisiveness by a white feminist for pointing out racial inequality.

Those who adhere to “white feminism” acknowledge that patriarchy gives men a warped sense of entitlement, but believe themselves to be immune to the effects of white supremacy. They are more than willing to tell men to “check their male privilege”, but suggestions from black women they do the same with white privilege leaves them balking and sulking.

Swift responded that perhaps “one of the men” had taken Minaj’s spot, because in her mind the patriarchy both artists suffer from is more pervasive than the racism only affecting Minaj. The article that was linked in the tweet (which still exists) asked “WHEN will someone make this woman PM?”, and and praised her for responding with “grace and kindness”. Any valid criticism of Rihanna’s recent Bitch Better Have My Money Video was lost amid the hypocrisy shown by feminist commentators unable to offer a satisfactory explanation as to why other equally violent content was not worthy of the same criticism. Amy Schumer’s dismissal of concerns caused by her racist jokes was reported as “defiant” rather than insolent, and Azealia Banks’ anger at the same music industry discrimination Minaj decried was documented as baseless rage that her competitor Iggy Azalea was white.

This inability to acknowledge how racism informs the views of white feminists on race – in a movement that asks men to recognise how patriarchy shapes their views on women – is tiresome. Until it is understood that the feminists that ignore racism are in no significant way different to the men that ignore gender inequality, the fracturing of feminism will only continue to worsen.

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