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Nicki Minaj responded to Miley Cyrus’ continuous rants and raves on Twitter in a recent interview with New York Times Magazine. During the interview, the influential artist stated, “The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some [nerve]. You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t have the good without the bad. If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, rap with us.”
After learning that her prized music video, Anaconda, had not been selected to be a part of the Video of the Year category at MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMAs) earlier this year, Minaj hastily took to Twitter. She stated, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year. I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much, but are rarely rewarded for it.” Shortly after the tweet went public, Taylor Swift, assuming Minaj’s comment had been directed towards her, fired back. After several instances of miscommunication, Swift genuinely apologized to the rapper via social media.
Cyrus addressed Minaj’s VMA reaction by stating, “If you do things with an open heart and you come at things with love, you would be heard and I would respect your statement. But I don’t respect your statement because of the anger that came with it.” This statement was followed by the the comments made in New York Times Magazine by Minaj.
Regardless of the industry, feuding publicly is unprofessional, and places a negative focus on the individuals involved. Unaccustomed to privacy, many celebrities, specifically individuals in the music industry, tend to live life on social media. A few popular sites to which celebrities have memberships are Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and SnapChat.
Ultimately, having millions to billions of people watching one’s every move on social media sites places strenuous pressures on celebrities, sometimes causing a rapid reaction before really thinking of the consequences. Celebrities often forget that they are role models, and a loss in fan base can occur when they are associated with any kind of negativity. Even if there is only a slight miscommunication, fans will naturally pick sides.
Since Swift and Minaj recently patched up their friendship, it is natural for Minaj to feel like Cyrus is beating a dead horse in order to draw attention away from her outrageous outfits and history of attention-seeking antics. Social media makes it quite impossible for celebrities to keep private even those things they do not want to share.
Due to the current conditions between Minaj and Cyrus, Swift stated in a recent interview with NME, “I send text messages now. If there seems to be some kind of misunderstanding, I go to someone’s management, I get their number and I text them. It’s an important lesson for anyone in 2015.” Swift, who has mastered humbleness, has learned how to peacefully – and privately- create resolutions for conflicts she may have with other stars.
Opinion by Jhayla Tyson
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