As you may remember, Nicki Minaj made headlines a few weeks ago due to her controversial rant about the appropriation of black culture, and the acceptance of the body images of white women versus black women in mainstream music. This all stemmed from Nicki feeling as though her “Anaconda” music video was not getting the recognition it deserved by not being nominated for the VMA Video of the Year, which prompted a small Twitter feud between her and Taylor Swift.
Well now, Miley Cyrus decided to speak out in an interview for the New York Times on the subject. The first time VMA host said she saw the controversial rant, but chose not to be a part of it. The interviewer suggested that comments made by Nicki Minaj may have been referring to Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” music video—more specifically when Nicki stated that when a white girls gets naked and breaks a VEVO record, she gets nominated. Miley responded saying:
I didn’t follow it. You know what I always say? Not that this is jealousy, but jealousy does the opposite of what you want it to— that’s a yoga mantra.” She said. “People forget that the choices that they make and how they treat people in life affect you in a really big way. 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.
Cyrus went on to state that she felt as though Nicki made the issue about herself when she said:
“If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t make it just about yourself. Say: ‘This is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with this body type…’ What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite. I think there’s a way you speak to people with openness and love. You don’t have to start this pop star against pop star war. It became Nicki Minaj and Taylor in a fight, so now the story isn’t even on what you wanted it to be about. Now you’ve just given E! News “Catfight! Taylor and Nicki Go at It.”
She later went on to mention that she understands and is aware of what goes on when it comes to race.
I know you can make it seem like, oh I just don’t understand because I’m a white pop star. I know the statistics. I know what’s going on in the world. But to be honest, I don’t think MTV did that on purpose.