Nicki Minaj Calls Out MTV for Snubbing Black Women
Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift had a bit of beef online after the Pink Print musician blasted the MTV Music Awards for snubbing Black women.
It all started when Nicki took to Twitter after finding out that her song, “Anaconda” was not nominated for video of the year for the MTV Video Music Awards.
The video for the track garnered 19.6 million clicks in its first 24 hours, setting a music video record. So naturally, Nicki was puzzled.
@MTV so anaconda broke the VEVO record and it’s not up for video of the year???
— Clark Kent (@eliefayadd) July 21, 2015
If I was a different “kind” of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. — NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
“Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it,” said the Young Money star according to CNN.
Taylor didn’t take too kindly to Nicki’s accusations of white privilege and issued to following response via her Twitter account.
@NICKIMINAJ I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
Unlike “Anaconda,” Swift’s video, “Bad Blood” was nominated.
Nicki responded to Taylor’s tweet by stating that she wasn’t talking about the singer personally, but addressing a larger issue of discrimination in entertainment.
But by that time, Twitter had erupted into a full-fledged debate about racial bias and the media.
Despite Swift’s attempts to smooth things over in response to the backlash, #BlackTwitter wasn’t having it.
Both entertainers became worldwide trending topics on the social networking site, with many saying the exchange revealed a double standard. Swift was widely praised for speaking up about issues in the music industry last month, a bold contrast to the backlash experienced by Nicki for doing the same.
#BlackTwitter argued that Nicki was making a valid point that not all women’s experiences are the same and that often, Black women aren’t taken seriously.
#BlackTwitter saves the day once again.