Yesha Callahan

Miley Cyrus Says Nicki Minaj’s VMA Critique About Race Was ‘Not Very Polite’

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This weekend, Miley Cyrus will be hosting the MTV’s Video Music Awards. In advance of the festivities, the former Disney Channel star sat down with the New York Times to talk about her hosting gig, her music, and her infamously creepy 2013 VMA performance with Robin Thicke. But it’s her comments on Nicki Minaj that really have people talking.

In case you missed it, back in July Minaj took the network to task for failing to nominate Anaconda–which had over 500 million views–for Video of the Year.

Taylor Swift took offense to Minaj’s comments and launched an attack on the rapper, and apparently Cyrus felt some type of way too.

Here’s what she told the New York Times:

What did you make of the Nicki Minaj controversy around the V.M.A.s — that she was upset “Anaconda” wasn’t nominated for Video of the Year?

I saw that. I didn’t really get into it. I know there was some beef. I don’t really know. There’s a way to talk to people …

Do you know what she said?

She was saying that everyone was white and blonde that got nominated, I heard? And then Taylor Swift butted in.

She may have alluded to “Wrecking Ball” also, saying that when a naked white girl breaks a Vevo record she gets nominated.

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. 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.

And it’s not anger like, “Guys, I’m frustrated about some things that are a bigger issue.”

You made it about you. Not to sound like a bitch, but that’s like, “Eh, I didn’t get my V.M.A.”

But she was ——

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.”

I think she did say that ——

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.”

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.

So…let me get this straight. A white girl who’s been appropriating some bastardized version of Black culture for the past few years is trying to police how a Black woman critiques a media organization about race?


Seriously? Ok.

  1. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    Damn all that! Miley needs to shut her face and move on. She has embarrassed herself enough. I hope Nikki doesn’t give Miley any attention. If Nikki wants to make a statement, don’t go to the VMA’s.

  2. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    Destiny has never have an intelligent moment, in her life. ever.

  3. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    At this point, I don’t pay attention to anything this girl says because she stay putting her foot in her mouth (when she’s not being gratuitously unclothed that is)

  4. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    Miley Cyrus is hypocritical to criticize Nicki Minaj when Nicki didn’t explicitly criticize Swift. Swift responded back to Nicki. The truth is that Miley Cyrus is criticizing a black woman when Miley has been appropriating black culture for a number of years. The word polite is interesting since many people use the word “polite” as to say to black people “know you’re place.” We should know our place. We should stand up in this world. Nicki Minaj has every free speech right to speak her mind regardless if people agree with her or not.

  5. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    Not today Satan, not today.

    • August 28, 2015 - Reply


      HA! Girl-the devil is a LIAR!

  6. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    To be honest , why is Nicki or any other black person surprised at this? We all know that when we do something provocative or sexual, we’re seen as “typical” black women, i.e. Jezebels and whores. It doesn’t help when some of our own men perpetuate the ‘bitches and hoes’ stereotype in their music about us or when we do that ourselves. When a white woman does something provocative or sexual, she is seen as edgy. That plays into the whole “white women are pure” BS. White women writhing around nude or semi nude is seen as “owning their womanhood” or as being empowered. Black women doing the same are just seen as oversexualized animals.

  7. August 28, 2015 - Reply

    This tacky bitch (Miley) got herpes for brains, why was this even posted? I hope Nicki doesn’t let this sway her into the “bigger” person response and be apologizing or take back what she said, because she (Nicki) is on point with her critique.

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