Sheeran backs Swift in the dispute over racism in the MTV VMA nominations
The disagreement between the two stars began when Minaj took offence at her omission from the Video Of The Year nominations at this year’s MTV VMAs, citing the reason as the industry’s inherent racism. It led to Minaj accusing Swift of defending the “racist media” after her fellow star thought Minaj was tweeting about her.
Swift is nominated in the category alongside Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Mark Ronson. Minaj’s videos for ‘Anaconda’ and ‘Feeling Myself’ were overlooked.
While Katy Perry accused Swift of hypocrisy over the incident, Swift’s friend Sheeran has backed the ‘1989’ hitmaker.
“I think everyone knows that Taylor has done nothing wrong in that situation,” he told the Daily Telegraph.
“She didn’t nominate herself for the awards. It’s not her fault, she just made some good videos and people think they’re good.”
Sheeran continued: “I think the Minaj point is a bit redundant, her point is that you have to be skinny and white to get a video of the year nomination but Beyonce’s ‘7/11’ is in there and that is celebrating the female figure in every form.”
Minaj began the conversation “When the “other” girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination”, a tweet that Taylor Swift deemed to be about her. Swift replied: “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..”
With Swift inviting Minaj to come onstage with her if she wins the award, Minaj later retweeted a fan’s post that called for Swift to “stop using “support all girls” as an excuse to not be critical of racist media that benefits and glorifies you”.
Minaj later wrote on Instagram that her initial argument had “nothing to do with any of the women, but everything to do with a system that doesn’t credit black women for their contributions to pop culture as freely/quickly as they reward others”.
Katy Perry recently took to Twitter to comment on Swift’s side of the argument, writing: “Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman”.
Perry is thought to be referring to Swift’s recent single ‘Bad Blood’, rumoured to be written about Perry herself and referencing their relationship.