Miley Cyrus is coming in like a wrecking ball for Nicki Minaj. Ahead of the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 30, which she is set to host, Cyrus was interviewed by The New York Times about what to expect for the show. And it looks like we can look forward to some drama, because Cyrus talked about the "Nicki Minaj controversy." She dished her thoughts on Minaj's anger about "Anaconda" not being nominated for Video of the Year, and the subsequent Twitter fight between Minaj and Taylor Swift. And in light of the feud, Miley Cyrus called Nicki Minaj "not too kind."
Update: Miley's comments inspired quite the reaction from Nicki Minaj at the 2015 VMAs.
Here's what went down: The interviewer asked Cyrus what she made of the "Nicki Minaj controversy," and Cyrus said, "I saw that. I didn’t really get into it. I know there was some beef. I don’t really know." Further questioned, the 22-year-old responded, "She was saying that everyone was white and blonde that got nominated, I heard? And then Taylor Swift butted in."
And then it went downhill from there. Cyrus said that she didn't respect Minaj's statement because of the "anger that came with it" and that the rapper could have made the lack of a nomination about race without making it about herself not getting a nomination. Then, the "We Can't Stop" singer dropped this doozy: "What I read sounded very Nicki Minaj, which, if you know Nicki Minaj is not too kind. It’s not very polite."
Since Cyrus said herself that she did not get into the feud while it was happening, at that point, she should have asked for the next question and moved on. And there are a few reasons for this.
One big reason is that it does not seem like Cyrus was entirely informed about the actual feud. Her knowledge of what happened was very limited and simplistic, and her response did not touch on Minaj speaking up for women of color and women who are not size 2. Since Cyrus did not seem to know what exactly happened, she should not have spoken on it in the first place, much less make assumptions about Minaj's motives.
Another reason is that by bringing the feud up again, Cyrus is basically peeling back the old wounds of a misunderstanding between Minaj and Swift. It seems like both ladies have moved on. Swift publicly apologized to Minaj after she realized that she misunderstood and thought she was being called out. Minaj said she talked to Swift on the phone about it, and that they were laughing together by the end of the conversation. It seems counterproductive for Cyrus to move backward in time, especially since she dissed Minaj in the process, which could potentially ignite yet more "cat fight! cat fight!" coverage of female pop stars.
And yet another reason is that Cyrus seems to have entirely missed Minaj's point about the larger issues at hand. She did not mention Minaj's tweets that explored race problems in the music industry. As a refresher, Minaj said:
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. We are huge trendsetters, not second class citizens that get thrown crumbs.
It is hard for Cyrus to say that the issue was all about Minaj, mostly because it wasn't.
Minaj has yet to officially respond to Cyrus' diss, but it is worth mentioning that Minaj has favorited quite a few of other people's tweets alluding to the new feud.
In addition, the VMAs have made Nicki Minaj the opener for the show, so it seems like they have heard her words and listened. Maybe Cyrus should too.