My first thought: dang, Nick, really?
To my surprise, these headlines came from a few tweets that Nicki Minaj put into the Twittersphere after being notified that "Anaconda" and "Feeling Myself" weren't being nominated for MTV Awards Video of The Year (Say what? We all know that Feeling Myself was fire by any standard.)
Hey guys @MTV thank you for my nominations. 😘😘😘 Did Feeling Myself miss the deadline or...?— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
She and her fans continued with sentiments about how Black women are treated in mainstream media:
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
I'm not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it. https://t.co/2xOvJzBXJX— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
After Nicki's last tweet, Taylor Swift responded with the following:
@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
Confused as to why Taylor Swift thought that the tweet was about her, Minaj responded by say:
Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
Somehow, Ryan Seacrest and the rest of the media saw this as Nicki Minaj taking "jabs" at Taylor Swift, completely ignoring Nicki Minaj's original message about body shaming and misappropriation of the accolades belonging to Black women. Nicki Minaj's beautifully accurate message has now been overshadowed and will not be heard because she is seen as angry, a stereotype long attributed to black women. The funny thing is that Nicki Minaj has every right to be angry, but instead tried to use her voice to spread a well-needed message. The media obviously wasn't feeling her getting this message out and made sure to cover it in controversy and label her as an attacker of the "poor victim" Taylor Swift.
Who is going to really listen to the voice of a "destroyer" or an "attacker" or basically an "angry, Black woman"? The media knows EXACTLY what it is doing.
They're not missing the point, they're just attempting to overshadow the point. Oldest trick in the book. https://t.co/Y4dt1vKk6C— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015