Taylor Swift v. Nicki Minaj: A VMA Twitter War

If you’re going to poke your fork in someone’s side and then run away, don’t be surprised when they come at you with a spatula. Because Taylor Swift won’t take a hit lying down, she directly responded to Nicki Minaj’s subtle twitter-dig in response to the MTV VMA nomations, after Minaj said, “If your video celebrates women with slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” Taylor was swift to respond, saying, “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.” Minaj seemed flabbergasted by the cantankerous callout, insisting she did not directly mention Swift. Perhaps Nicki felt her hit was more at the process than the person, and in an effort to circumvent a Swiftie revolt, she quickly backtracked. 

Here are the facts: Nicki was in fact nominated, but it was not for the category or video she wanted, and she therefore feels slighted. Is the industry racist? Sure it is. But MTV also sucks, so it’s quite possible their poor taste is responsible for any and all oversights. As for why Taylor Swift gets an insane amount of attention, it’s because her brand is impeccable, she’s kind to her fans, and her music is catchy. If you’re going to be salacious and polarizing (see Nicki Minaj’s bad behavior on American Idol), then you won’t please everyone, and the response will speak for itself. 

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