"I thought I was being called out," says pop singer after criticising Minaj in MTV VMA dispute
Taylor Swift has apologised to Nicki Minaj, admitting she misunderstood what the rapper was trying to say when she spoke out about the MTV VMA nominations this week.
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 when they were announced on Monday, 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.
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”.
It would appear that Swift has now taken this on board. Earlier this afternoon she tweeted an apology to Minaj, admitting that she had “misspoke” and thought she was being personally criticised by the rapper.
Minaj has yet to respond to Swift’s apology but previously 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”.
Other pop stars have since got involved in the conversation, with Katy Perry appearing to criticise Swift’s role in the disagreement, tweeting: “Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman”.
Ed Sheeran, meanwhile, defended his friend Swift and called Minaj’s argument “redundant” and pointing to Beyonce’s nomination as proof that artists of all backgrounds are recognised by MTV.