The Internet is still buzzing over a new feud that was fueled when Nicki Minaj dissed Miley Cyrus at the 2015 MTV VMAS. While accepting her award for Best Hip-Hop Video for "Anaconda," Minaj, referencing a recent interview Cyrus had with the New York Times, said, "And now back to this b*tch that had a lot to say about me in the press. Miley, what’s good?" The "Wrecking Ball" singer appeared to let the shade more or less roll off of her, but Us Weekly obtained footage of Cyrus' family's reaction to the Minaj-Cyrus feud, and it's very telling.
Admittedly, the reactions weren't dramatic, but they're further proof that this feud is definitely not staged. Given the level of media attention focused on the Cyrus family, it's no surprise that they know how to remain calm, even when caught off-guard. However, that didn't stop Tish from reportedly mouthing "Oh, my god" to Billy Ray. Cyrus herself looked shocked, and she appears to have mouthed "What?" in reaction to Minaj's jab.
E! News correspondent Ken Baker insists the remark was unscripted, telling On Air with Ryan Seacrest, "I talked to someone who has direct knowledge of what went down. That was not staged, that was not scripted at all, and if you really replay it and the more and more you look at it, Miley’s response — That was not scripted, that wasn’t a joke, that wasn’t something that was supposed to be a response to a setup or anything."
If Cyrus and her family's reactions are proof that Minaj's shade wasn't scripted, what does this mean going forward? Twitter reacted largely in support of Minaj, both for her comment to Cyrus and her other moments at the VMAs. However, Cyrus' remarks to the New York Times in regards to Minaj's reaction to not being nominated for Video of the Year are part of a much larger conversation.
As you may recall, Taylor Swift initially responded to Minaj's reaction to not being nominated, and received criticism for overlooking the social issues at hand. However, Cyrus appeared to fault Minaj herself for turning the conversation away from these issues:
"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.' ... 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.'"
There are multiple sensitive issues at hand, and it's important that these influential women address them. Minaj and Swift cleared the air by performing together at the 2015 MTV VMAs, but perhaps the "Anaconda" singer and Cyrus could also make peace in a public setting. While the nature of the feud deserves more than a guest appearance during a performance, seeing these two powerful women sit down and address the issues in the music industry head-on could set a precedent for the future.
Check out the Cyrus family's reaction below.