Oof: Miley Cyrus Says Nicki Minaj Is “Not Too Kind,” Doesn’t Respect Her “Anger” Over VMA Snub

Miley, Miley, Miley, Miley. MILEY.



I like Miley. I do! I have been a mostly unapologetic supporter of her foray from pop country into a more rap-influenced sound. I really think Bangerz is a solid album, though I wish she would leave the rhyming to professionals, especially because she can really sing. I think she’s goofy, secure in who she is, with a certain hippie-ish, free-lovin’ spirit that I really vibe with. I think what she does with homeless trans youth is fucking awesome. I love that she speaks openly about the spectrum of gender and sexuality.

But when it comes to race? Good lord, shut up.

So I was just reading this Q&A with Miley in The New York Times about her hosting gig at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Towards the end of the interview, Joe Coscarelli brought up Nicki Minaj’s outspokenness about the video for “Anaconda” being snubbed, which of course sparked a bit of feud with Taylor Swift – and Miley … well … UGH. She kinda outdid herself. Here’s the exchange:

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.

OH GOD WHERE TO BEGIN. I know, I’ll make a list. (Please note, the “you” I’m talking to is Miley, even though she’s totally not paying attention or following along right now because she’s busy doing crow pose or freeing the nipple or making a sculpture out of armpit hair and PopRocks or something.)

1. If you’re gonna admit you didn’t really pay attention to something, it’s probably best to stop right there instead of spewing your opinions on that thing you didn’t really pay attention to. This is a good rule to follow in life, actually.

2. And, like, don’t reiterate that you “didn’t follow” the whole Nicki vs. Taylor Swift thing if you’re going to immediately follow that up with the insinuation that Nicki is jealous. Jealous of what? I thought you didn’t pay attention? You sure have a lot of opinions about something you didn’t pay attention to.

3. “That’s a mantra in yoga” does not suddenly make a judgmental statement any less judgmental. In fact, it makes it more judgmental, because you are saying it from your imaginary enlightened throne. May I suggest you rest in child’s pose for the remainder of this post?

4. First of all, was Nicki really even all that angry-seeming? She wrote a post on Instagram post and her “tone” was open to some interpretation, so the fact that you read it as “angry,” or assumed she was “angry,” is kind of telling. Personally, I thought Nicki sounded frustrated. Annoyed. Fed up. OVER IT. Etc.

And shit, if she was angry, who can blame her? And why is that a bad thing? The idea that anger is always bad, or unproductive, or misplaced is a total fallacy. Anger is just as valid an emotion as “love,” and it’s certainly more valid than the mealy-mouthed interpretation of love that “came from” your last time on molly.

5. Now, since you didn’t “follow” this story and kept cutting off the interviewer as he tried to explain it to you, let me just briefly clarify what you seemingly missed: Nicki Minaj’s frustration, excuse me, “anger” was about the way the music industry’s fucked up standards for beauty and sexuality reward white female artists and ignore Black female artists — yes, such as herself. God forbid she make it about her at all though, right? SAYS THE CHICK WHO HUMPED A FOAM FINGER DURING SOMEONE ELSE’S PERFORMANCE.

6. “If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that.”


Are you, Miley Cyrus, a white woman who grew up with all the privileges in the world, REALLLLLLLLLLY going to tell a Black woman how to talk about race? You might want to stop buy Home Depot and buy a shovel.

7.  Are you coming from a place of love when you criticize Nicki Minaj for being “not too kind,” “not very police” and jealous? Can you really complain about Nicki starting a “catfight” that ended weeks ago if you’re essentially picking a fight of your own? Now you’ve given E! News a headline: “Catfight! Miley Goes After Nicki, Shoves Dirty Ass Fake Hippie Foot In Mouth!” NAMASTE, Miley, namaste.

8. Is “I know the statistics” the new “I have a Black friend”?

9. What statistics cannot possibly convey are the insidious ways structural racism and white privilege work and the impact they have on people of color. What MTV did or did not do “on purpose” was not really the point. And maybe just maybe if you had actually deigned to pay attention and followed along you might have learned something. To use your words, that would have been the kind, polite thing to do.

[NY Times]