Feminism

Why Aren’t People Listening to Nicki Minaj?

So, by now, we’ve all seen the iconic moment of last nights VMA awards – where Nicki Minaj CALLED. MILEY. OUT.

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I think I speak for everyone when I say this gives me LIFE

This was in relation to what Miley said in a recent interview about Nicki’s twitter row over the VMA nominations with Taylor Swift:

“If you want to make it about race, there’s a way you could do that. But don’t just make it about yourself. Say: ‘this is the reason why I think it’s important to be nominated. There’s girls everywhere with that body type’.”

She then said, “Nicki Minaj is not very kind. It’s not very polite. There’s a way you can speak to people with openness and love.”

Well, Miley – maybe Nicki ain’t got time to speak to people with openness and love! Because she is damn well pissed off, and so she should be! The whole thing was about race, and people are missing that. The main reason Nicki even tweeted in the first place about why she was pissed off at not getting a VMA nomination was because she felt it was a race issue. It was a body type issue as well, but first and foremost, it was one of race. And both Taylor and Miley have brushed it off, as if to say Nicki shouldn’t be making such a big deal about it. Which is easy for them to say, seeing as they are both skinny and white.

Of course Nicki should be angry, she has every right to be. If she spoke to everybody with the ‘openness and love’ that Miley describes, nothing would get done.

Also, she was not just making it about herself. When she complained that Anaconda didn’t get a nomination, yes, that was a personal complaint, but the fact that she mentioned the race and body size problems extended it to beyond her personal annoyance. If Nicki had tweeted “I deserved a nomination” and ended it at that, then yeah, that would have been all about her. But the whole thing was just screaming out about black women not being given the credit they deserve. Nicki is just a famous example, trying to spread the message.

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To be honest, we need more celebrities like Nicki Minaj, who don’t hide behind a wall of sweet “you-can-come-up-on-stage-with-me” fakeness. Nicki tells it like it is, and it’s a breath of fresh air. She is talented and wise and she deserves a lot more recognition than she gets. I do believe that if she were white she would get a lot more and a lot better attention in the press, like “America’s sweetheart”, Taylor Swift.

It’s a shame really, because recently I was starting to think Miley was becoming a good egg. She’s done a lot of good work for homeless youth, LGBTQ+, and trans people. But recently she’s been a little black culture appropriatey (what was with the dreadlocks…), and the whole thing with Nicki was just not OK.

Anyway, please just listen to Nicki cos she know’s whats up. Except for this apparent collab that’s gonna happen with Robin Thicke, I don’t know what that’s about. Maybe she’ll school him on how to treat women – that’s what I’m hoping for, anyway.

Alright that’s all from me and remember to keep doing you

xoxo Tegan

 

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