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Taylor Swift Proved Nicki’s Tweets to be Accurate

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2014 Billboard Music Awards – Arrivals
Nicki Minaj arriving to the 2014 Billboard Awards: See, smiling pictures of Nicki Minaj can be found. (Image: Huffington Post)

Background

After the VMA nominations were announced, Nicki Minaj and her fans noticed two videos by the popular rapper were missing. “Feeling Myself” (ft. Beyoncรฉ) was completely snubbed with zero nominations despite it being popular and starting the sports jersey one-piece trend.

“Anaconda” was nominated for a few awards, but failed to receive a nomination for Video Of The Year. Love it or think it’s the worse video ever, we all knew about the video and have seen it being referenced byย hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people.

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Her fans were publicly upset about her snubs and took to Twitter to express this atrocity.

The Tweets and Taylor

Anyway, Nicki spilled some truth about the VMAs, award shows, and the music industry in general. Nicki Minaj tweeted:

You could definitely argue that an award shouldn’t matter if your goal is to impact popular culture, but Nicki’s observations shed some much-neededย light on the neglected issue of race in the music industry. As you can see above, Nicki didn’t reference anyone specifically, but someone known for being a smart business woman decided to add in her interpretation of the tweets.

Taylor Swift replied to the last tweet above, stating:

https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/623616796277506048

Obviously, Taylor thought that Nicki was talking about her, even though Nicki didn’t mention Taylor Swift in any of her tweets. If the shade represents…

White Feminism and Black Portrayal

All that Nicki did was point out that artists like her (black/rap) don’t get the same recognition as other female artists (white/pop). Taylor Swift ignored the point and tried to changeย it by making the problem about women pitting other women against each other. The main problem with this is that

  1. She ignored the issue and
  2. She made it about herself and her feminism

The next explanation is a unconfirmed conspiracy, but here is what Nicki Minaj tweeted (in response to a fan saying she’s confident)…

And here’s where the theory comes from. Taylor Swift then tweeted…

https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/623628086614036480

To me it seems like Taylor Swift is trying to be a White Savior. Taylor comes in and basically says, “If (more so when) the music industry rewards me, I’ll allow you to be in my spotlight.” See what I’m saying? Additionally, she neglects to acknowledge racism within the music industry: a.k.a.ย the core issue Nicki was trying to convey.ย 

Taylor Swift has until tomorrow morning (July 22) to clarify what she was trying to say. I can see her sleeping on this conversation and then talking about it, but after 10 a.m., maybe 1 p.m., anything that Taylor tweets is just PR. I wouldn’t believe what “Taylor” said is truthful after that time period. Just some food for thought.

After The Tweets

As one might expect, entertainment news outlets posted articles about this. Well, by this I mean theย Nick Minaj and Taylor Swiftย feud.ย 

Websites have been featuring pictures of Nicki Minaj as being the “Angry Black Woman” while pictures used for Taylor Swift were more “innocent”. Below are some examples…

Entertainment Weekly:

Taylor is just looking over her shoulder while Nicki looks like she is about to start something – they could’ve at least used a picture of her from this year. (Image: Entertainment Weekly)

Oregon Live:

Oregon Live depicts Taylor Swift with many awards while Nicki Minaj is in a "sassy" pose.

Oregon Live depicts Taylor Swift as a celebrated artist with many accomplishments while Nicki Minaj is in a “sassy” pose. (Image: Oregonlive.com)

NBC New York:

Nicki Minaj is shown screaming while Taylor Swift is shown with a smirking smile. (Image: nbcnewyork.com)

Nicki Minajย is ย screaming while Taylor Swift has aย smirking smile. (Image: nbcnewyork.com)

Elle Magazine:ย 

Taylor is depicted as looking interested, possibly in a new money making oppurtunity, while Nicki looks like she is about to start something. (Image: Elle Magazine).

Taylor looksย ย interested, possibly in a new money-making opportunity, while Nicki looks like she is about to start something. (Image: Elle Magazine).

Stuff.co.nz:

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Above, Nicki is show with a sour look on her face and with her hands on her hips while Taylor is beingย fierce.

What does Taylor Swift have to say about these websites pitting her and Nicki Minaj against each other? I’m sure we’ll see her response to this soon enough.

Final Message

The ironic thing about this feudย is that it showed the differences between how Black women are portrayed in the media and how White women are portrayed by the same people. ย Plus, if Taylor Swift cared about the race issue in the music industry, she would’ve said something like “I agree with you Nicki, that is wrong”, but she just continues to make it about herself as some feminist-hero.

Nicki made a great point but her message was overshadowed by Taylor Swift’s replies, making it about herself.

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Imani King
I'm a black, young, female Pisces in the Beyhive. My passion for writing is expressed through politically powerful poetry and creative short stories. I love to follow, read, discuss, and analyze politics. On the other hand, black sitcoms and reality TV (yes, like Bad Girls Club) are my favorite TV genres. Today's Hip Hop can never compete with Old School Hip Hop - this is a fact. Yeah, that's about it :)

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