Following the much-hyped “Miley, what’s good?” that echoed from Nicki Minaj’s mic towards Miley Cyrus during the 2015 Video Music Awards, the rapstress has just clarified her stance and the thinking behind it via an interview with the New York Times.
Ms Minaj sat down with the mag’s Vanessa Grigoriadis to explain that prior to the event, she’d caught wind of Miley’s comments about her in the press, with the young and controversial star having referred to Nicki as an “angry black woman.” This in fact did then anger Nicki as a black woman, who said;
“The fact that you feel upset about me speaking on something that affects black women makes me feel like you have some big balls.
You’re in videos with black men, and you’re bringing out black women on your stages, but you don’t want to know how black women feel about something that’s so important? Come on, you can’t want the good without the bad.
If you want to enjoy our culture and our lifestyle, bond with us, dance with us, have fun with us, twerk with us, rap with us, then you should also want to know what affects us, what is bothering us, what we feel is unfair to us. You shouldn’t not want to know that.”
After clarifying, and ultimately accusing Miley of cultural appropriation, the “Anaconda” star was angered again – this time by the interviewer, when she asked whether Nicki thrived off the current label dramas between Lil Wayne, Birdman, her label mate Drake and her current beau, Meek Mill.
Nicki told Ms Grigoriadis;
“That’s disrespectful. Why would a grown-a** woman thrive off drama?’
What do the men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama? Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-a** men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me do I thrive off drama?’’
The interview continued for just a brief while longer, with Nicki saying;
‘‘That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you? Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t.
Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask? To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.”
The article reveals Nicki then called the interviewer ‘‘rude’’ and ‘‘a troublemaker’’ before declaring;
“I don’t care to speak to you anymore.’’
Team SPICE salute Nicki for standing up for herself and for black women’s struggles, and while we’re celebrating all things ‘Warrior’ this October, we reckon we could all have a little more fight in us when dealing with such issues – whether that’s with a simple message: “What’s good?” or politely saying “I don’t care to speak to you” to troublemakers.
Image source: Nytimes.com, Dailymail.co.uk