Yesha Callahan

Salon Refers to Nicki Minaj as a ‘Savage’ and Gets Its Ass Handed To Them

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You would think a reputable site would know better than to refer to a Black woman as a ‘savage’. It doesn’t even matter if you’re a fan of Nicki Minaj, but have some decorum about yourself.

On the heels of the rapper going in on Miley Cyrus on live TV, Salon.com, took issue with Nicki. And in their efforts in being edgy, decided to go with the below headline in a tweet:

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Now what exactly was so savage about Nicki’s remarks to Cyrus? Was it because she spoke her mind and didn’t back down?

Needless to say, Twitter always has the last word:

Another day. Another white media outlet showing their slips.

  1. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    And this is why I’m #teamnicki for the first time in my life. Lyrics aside, awards aside, politics aside. Miley was the one who threw herself in these flames, and all Nicki did was let her know she’s not too good to get checked if she really want it. But black skin responding to some white instigator = black savage. Every time. And you can believe MSM will continue to hype this up until it becomes black artists vs white artists, which is how they ended up asking irrelevant Miley for her opinion in the first place.

    • September 1, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      Miley loves the “Black sound” and twerking but she doesn’t love Black people, we need to remember that.

      • September 1, 2015 - Reply

        @Staci Elle

        I agree.

      • September 1, 2015 - Reply

        @Staci Elle

        I’m about to get some sleep. Peace for Now Sister. Goodnight.

        • September 1, 2015 - Reply

          @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          You too Truth.

    • September 1, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      ‘White instigator’??? N.M. is the instigator in this scenario and the one who put herself out there for criticism with that out of order tweet. You people must not be in the know! Miley Cyrus is 100% right on how N.M. used this racial climate in this nation for selfish, irrelevant reasons such as a VMA. I mean, her ass was just as skinny as Miley and Taylor 3-4 surgeries ago! I guess she mad she didn’t get her money’s worth LOL! Her tweet has no merit.

      I’m no Miley or Nicki fan, but Miley was speaking the truth when she tweeted back:

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

      Where did Miley go wrong? Where was the disrespect??? Nicki wanna get turnt on Miley, but can’t get turnt when Lil’ Kim was coming for her…N.M. not ready smh…

      N.M. blew this VMA situation from the nominations to the show out of order and did not conduct and express herself respectfully. Do I think the word ‘savage’ is suitable for her actions: NO, but ratchet/phony/disrespect all seem better suitable.

      • September 1, 2015 - Reply

        @Delia

        Nicki didn’t instigate anything. She made a comment about the industry and why she felt her video wasn’t nominated, and she is entitled to her opinion/commentary. It had nothing to do with Taylor (which is why Taylor apologized for thinking it was about her & causing some twitter beef gone wrong in the first place), and it had nothing to do with Miley. Two white girls went out of their way to police what one black woman had to say about her own personal situation. That’s instigating. Nicki clapping back is just standing up for herself, and she has a right to do that too. She has no reason to be respectful to anyone sticking their nose in her business b/c she never invited them in the first place.

        • September 1, 2015 - Reply

          @Me

          If Nicki is, as you put it, “..entitled to her opinion/commentary.” Then why isn’t Miley entitled to her opinion/commentary as well? Why is ok to bash Miley but not Nicki?
          You can’t have it both ways – freedom to voice your opinion but then cry about it when they voice their opinion?

          • September 1, 2015 - Reply

            @you got it

            Nicki was giving an opinion about her own situation w/o calling anybody else out –> entitled.
            Miley was telling somebody how to have an opinion about that person’s own situation which had nothing to do with Miley and badmouthing that person’s character in the process –> not entitled.

            • September 1, 2015 - Reply

              @Me

              It’s still Miley’s opinion and free speech – you can’t limit one person’s speech and allow another’s, even if they’re complete assholes and wrong.
              Everyone is entitled to say whatever they want/feel like.

              • September 1, 2015 - Reply

                @you got it

                Free speech or not. It’s instigating. She jumped into a non-beef to police someone else’s opinion after the non-beef was already squashed. Nicki had every right to stand up for herself in response.

                • September 1, 2015 - Reply

                  @Me

                  Agreed, anyone at anytime has the right to refute another’s comments or opinion, but you can’t infringe upon their ability to convey their opinion, or silence them. Everyone has a voice, even if it’s a fucked up voice that spews crap.

              • October 7, 2015 - Reply

                @you got it

                You’ve completely missed the point……

                • October 16, 2015 - Reply

                  @The_Mini_Malist

                  Explain.

          • September 2, 2015 - Reply

            @you got it

            Because the people saying that are racist.

          • October 7, 2015 - Reply

            @you got it

            What are you talking about?

            • October 16, 2015 - Reply

              @The_Mini_Malist

              You.

        • September 2, 2015 - Reply

          @Me

          ??? Nicki absolutely instigated and BEGAN this whole issue with her tweet:
          “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” After the VMA nominations. If this was such a ‘personal’ situation, common sense would tell her to keep her thoughts out of social media!
          And you really gonna sit up there and say that wasn’t a call out to the Taylor Swift’s and Miley Cyrus’s??? After Swift had 4 nominations??? Which was the most nominees for a female artist. So who the F*@K was that tweet out to??? (crickets) Don’t play ignorant please! Taylor Swift had every right to respond. And Miley Cyrus won video of the year in 2014, with a good amount of nominations, as well as Ariana Grande who again, have a ‘slim body’ type.
          SOOO, the point being, Nicki started this beef. Maybe because the $(dollar amount) she spent on reconstructing her body didn’t turn into what she expected.
          One of the major idiotic things of this issue is that Beyonce lead the VMA nominations last year and this year who clearly does not have a ‘slim body type’! So WTF is Nicki Minaj talking about??? And for her to insinuate race into her temper tandrum is just disgusting (an issue you did NOT address). All of a sudden, when it has to deal with herself and a goddamn VMA she got something to say about anything related about #blacklivesmatter. That is what Miley was saying and she is damn right. Why aren’t YOU and US as a community calling Nicki out for minimizing this movement and climate in our society???
          Her behavior, persona and image as a black woman is why the majority of society ignore #sayhername and #bringourgirlsback and weaker movements in general.

          And FYI, Taylor is a business woman and has a positive image to uphold. In addition, her fan base and financial empire that far exceeds Nicki Minaj, therefore, it is best for both of them to PUBLICLY make amends.

          • September 2, 2015 - Reply

            @Delia

            Womp. Nicki’s tweet was directed at VMA, not Taylor, not Miley, not anybody else who DON’T have a say in the nominations. Those two white girls opened their mouths because they felt guilty. Nicki never once said there was anything wrong with having white bodies in your video, just that white bodies = nominations. Which is the truth. All that other mess was instigation & butting in.

            • September 2, 2015 - Reply

              @Me

              ???Do I need to spell it out to you??? Of course the tweet was directed to the VMA and was REFERENCING Taylor Swift who swept the nominations. It was a coward like, indirect reference to a gripe about the nominations. So Taylor Swift replied unassertively back, as she should have and definitely not out of guilt. (you can google it yourself)

              Since you’re so quick to ‘WOMP’ lol, you tell me the ‘slim body type’ artists she was referring to??? (exactly)
              And how the hell (like I said before, you may want to reread my last statement) can Nicki Minaj make such a statement when Beyonce has been killing the VMA’s, Grammy’s etc. for years???? So what she tweeted and what you’re supporting her for is entirely B.S. In the past the VMA’s loved Shakira too, J. Lo performs and was nominated frequently when her music was hot.
              In addition, Nicki Minaj has always had a NATURALLY ‘slim body type’ before her reconstructions, so this makes her comment all the more idiotic and your stance behind her.

              White bodies DO NOT equate to more VMA nominations, especially as Kendrick Lamar led the nominations, followed by Swift and Ed Sheredan and Beyonce shared at 3 nominations. Just look at the amount plays Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Katie Perry etc have. Taylor Swift broke internet record with ‘Bad Blood’ music video. It’s about popularity and numbers and Nicki Minaj isn’t as popular on a national and global stance. PERIOD. Swallow that pill hard!

              SORRY, shaking your artificial ass in front of the camera, saying the n-word every other verse with sexually explicit lyrics don’t get you a nomination boo. Especially when you’re a black female trying a dominate a white music market. Try harder.

              And if this is an artist that you choose to defend as a representation of black women, it is no wonder why we are where we are as a group. Like I said and Cyrus said, Nicki Minaj is self-absorbed, Try harder next time.

              • September 2, 2015 - Reply

                @Delia

                You’re pulling a lot out of thin air. Nicki had a problem w/MTV and tweeted about it. She did not have a problem with Taylor or Miley or anybody else who uses white bodies in their videos. Her problem was the lack of recognition she got b/c she used black bodies. That does not translate to a problem with any white artist. It’s a problem with the nomination process. Anybody who reads more into it than that is looking for beef. Plain and simple. I don’t see Nicki represting anybody but herself, which she has a right to do. If she felt slighted b/c of her choice of dancers/models, then she has every right to bring that up & point it out. She doesn’t have to carry bw on her back to point out when she’s being treated unfairly b/c of her black skin & I don’t need her to be my champion to acknowledge that she has a point. I don’t make it a habit to carry around so much hate for somebody that I can’t admit when they have been slighted or have a point to make.

                • September 3, 2015 - Reply

                  @Me

                  Thank you for reinforcing what I’ve been trying to tell you:

                  ‘I don’t see Nicki repressing anybody but herself, which she has a right to do.’

                  That’s exactly what Miley was saying as well. She’s self absorbed and wrong for pulling the race card inappropriately and taking advantage of our national racial tension to whine about a goddamn VMA when people are dying in these streets.

                  As a public figure, EVERYONE knows as a black woman you inadvertently do carry our community. Whether you’re Oprah, Michelle Obama, Mimi Faust, or Rihanna, you do represent our community to the masses. Nicki’s behavior at the VMA’s lived up to the negative stereotypes of black women.

                  No sweetheart, you’re choosing to ignore the obvious. Nicki’s statement is insinuating that because Taylor and Miley etc are white, they’re nominated. Complete ignorance and insulting. LOOK AT THE NUMBERS! You have yet to explain how Nicki Minaj deserves to be nominated!!! Taylor is breaking the internet constantly and is damn talented (even though I’m sick of hearing and seeing her), that’s why she’s nominated. PERIOD

                  Nicki just isn’t that poppin’ nor making moves like these other girls. And I ask again, which you choose to ignore:

                  ‘And how the hell (like I said before, you may want to reread my last statement) can Nicki Minaj make such a statement when Beyonce has been killing the VMA’s, Grammy’s etc. for years????’ Beyonce sure ’nuff uses black bodies.

                  That’s the WOOP for you, because if Nicki was as popular/appealing as the Beyonces, Taylors and Miley, maybe she would see a nomination. Now if Beyonce didn’t get nominations with her popularity/appeal and talent, then I can side with Nicki, but that’s obviously not the case.

                  Stop jumping on the bandwagon for every black person that cries wolf of racism. Nicki didn’t deserve any nomination. And the way she went about expressing it was distasteful. Maybe next time she can think out the box of artificial-ass-shaking.

                  • September 4, 2015 - Reply

                    @Delia

                    You seem really pressed to bash Nicki. I’m not interested in joining in on your hatred. Get some rest. I’m done.

                    • September 4, 2015 - Reply

                      @Me

                      Sweetie it’s not hate nor bashing. It’s REALITY, I don’t jump on bandwagons and I don’t respect people who cry wolf. She didn’t deserve a nomination. And if she did, please tell me how. You have yet to articulate why.

                      The young and old sing along to Beyonce, Taylor, Katy etc. Their audiences are multigenerational and international and sing to lyrics like:

                      ‘I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire’Cause I am a champion and you’re gonna hear me roar’

                      ‘Cause, baby, now we got bad bloodYou know it used to be mad love’

                      ‘Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap it, Foot up, my foot up, Hold up now my foot up, I’m spinning’ my foot up, Foot up yeah my foot up,I’m spinning’ my foot up’

                      Do you really think these lyrics are appealing and/or appropriate for the young and old to repeat:

                      ‘This dude named Michael used to ride motorcyclesDick bigger than a tower, I ain’t talking about Eiffel’s
                      Real country ass nigga, let me play with his rifle
                      Pussy put his ass to sleep, now he calling me NyQuil’

                      Really???? Girl BYE!!! And everyone else that jumped the band wagon without critically thinking.

              • October 7, 2015 - Reply

                @Delia

                Wow you really don’t get it either…lol

          • September 4, 2015 - Reply

            @Delia

            I cannot stand anyone them, not a single one, but I see where you’re coming from.

            • September 4, 2015 - Reply

              @FromTokyo

              I can’t either, but right is right and wrong is wrong.

        • September 2, 2015 - Reply

          @Me

          Thank you!

      • October 7, 2015 - Reply

        @Delia

        Have you heard any of Nicki’s diss songs about Lil Kim?? LOL

        Also, Miley should’ve kept her mouth shut. Nicki was on HER twitter account tweeting how she felt. Miley and Taylor didn’t have to comment. If you can’t take the heat gtfoh the kitchen.

  2. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    I wouldn’t say it was savage. Just aggressive as hell.

  3. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    We’re expected to endure every indignity they throw at us with a shit-eating grin just so we won’t be labelled an Angry Black Savage – even if we have every reason in the world to be angry. Of course, the racist white asshole who made the comment in the first place not only gets to remain pure as the driven snow, but actually comes out looking like the victim. I’m so over it.

    • August 31, 2015 - Reply

      @Adebisi's Hat

      Right. I don’t play the victim game when somebody gets their ass handed to them in a fight they never should’ve joined. The only part of what Nicki said that I don’t agree with is calling Miley “this bitch” but that’s not to say those same words wouldn’t come out my mouth if someone came for me. If Miley’s bold enough to call out Nicki for being jealous and angry (which if you read the tweets that started this whole soap opera, they were none of the above at all), she better be ready to shut it down when “jealous angry” Nicki comes for her. Don’t come with the shock face when you find out she’s mad now.

  4. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    If it were the other way around would Salon be calling Cyrus “savage” ? Anytime black women are assertive it means something negative to whites.

    • August 31, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Preach Sister. Salon didn’t call Cyrus for calling a black person “mammy” either. Nicki Minaj has every right to stand up for herself as a human being. Certainly, Miley started it.

      • August 31, 2015 - Reply

        @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

        Mammy, really? And they wonder why we are angry.

        • August 31, 2015 - Reply

          @Mary Burrell

          Yes, Cyrus said it. We have the right to allow our voices to be heard as black people.

        • August 31, 2015 - Reply

          @Mary Burrell

          Well Mary and Truth, Black people are to sit down, shut up, and be forgiving to White folks.

          • August 31, 2015 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            Exactly Sister. Black people are told to know our place, but we won’t know our place. We will stand all up in the world instead. The hypocrisy of society is very transparent.

          • September 1, 2015 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            And wear the mask that grins and lies as the poem says.

    • August 31, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Girl, they’d be calling her an assertive, strong woman who stands up for her saintly rights?

    • September 1, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Minaj was not called savage. Her rant was.

      • September 4, 2015 - Reply

        @Daddy Love

        Even so, the juxtaposition between the word and the person is troubling. Even if they’re talking about our actions or our words or our looks, black folks are tired of having that word associated with us by them.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      Salon didn’t call Minaj “savage.” They called her remarks “savage.” SMH.

  5. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    Something always happens at the VMA’s i am not a fan of Minaj’s music but i am glad she put that clown Cyrus in her place.

  6. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    Well Cyrus got her wig and edges snatched. And Minaj read her for filth. If you going to come for the queen, you better kill her.

  7. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    Lets not forget all the other racist things Miley was pulling that day as host (along with rebel).

  8. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    Miley is the savage. She was just gross last night and is a massive attention whore.

    • September 1, 2015 - Reply

      @roo08

      She’s more a talentless cum guzzling cunt

      • September 1, 2015 - Reply

        @kazoshay

        True, but Minaj is right behind her in line, LOL.

  9. August 31, 2015 - Reply

    You know, if there is a beef between a Black woman and a White woman, the White woman will more than likely be the victim and the Black woman the villain. In fact, I’ve heard countless Black women go in on Nicki all the while acting as if Miley is Mother Theresa.

    • September 2, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      Some Black women are too busy sleeping with white supremacy to ever be woke. Even if someone is not a fan of Nicki how can they not side eye Miley’s tone policing? How can someone support tactics used against women who look like them for so long? I

  10. September 1, 2015 - Reply

    Publications continuing to troll. They could have used any other adjective to describe Nicki’s rant but of course they chose…savage. Yet, we have no stories about Miley saying Snoop is her mammy and pig pig and other offensive things she did that night but she is innocent here…side eye

    • September 1, 2015 - Reply

      @binks

      Why cant she keep her tongue in her mouth? She looks like a lizard.

    • September 1, 2015 - Reply

      @binks

      I’ve been looking all over for clips of the Miley “mammy” skit, and can’t find it. I didn’t watch the show so I wanted to judge for myself, but like you said everybody’s too focused on making Nicki the bad guy for standing up for herself to call Miley on her b/s.

  11. September 1, 2015 - Reply

    I don’t mean to split hairs here, but isn’t referring to Minaj’s RANT as ‘savage’ and actually calling HER a savage two different things? It seems to me, savage was used as a verb, as it often is, and not meant as a racial slur?

    • September 1, 2015 - Reply

      @DJPooleATX

      They are very different things. But context seems to be unimportant to many people on the internet. Outrage takes over, rationality flies out the window.
      Salon are being sensationalist in labelling her words as “savage”, because it makes it more eye-catching and click-baity. If they said what it actually was – two millionaire’s having a mild verbal spat – people wouldn’t click.

      • September 1, 2015 - Reply

        @dennett316

        Yeah two multimillionaires continuing a trend of getting upset about something pretty irrelevant so that other people can get upset about and deem it to be symptomatic of bigger issues related to gender/sexuality/race (delete as appropriate)…oh what id give for these people’s problems.

    • September 1, 2015 - Reply

      @DJPooleATX

      They don’t want to recognize that, as it’s more about having an opportunity to play the outrage card in the media while the story is hot.

  12. September 1, 2015 - Reply

    This is the lamest generation of people yet

  13. September 1, 2015 - Reply

    ahahahahahaha

  14. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    She wasn’t called “a savage,” you ignorant, illiterate twats.

  15. September 2, 2015 - Reply

    Most whites are racist sociopaths – THEY are the savages. The. End.

  16. October 16, 2015 - Reply

    I just did in my post.

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