By now you’ve seen the Twitter battle between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, which is dividing B-girls and teeny boppers the world over. There’s so much about this I wouldn’t have predicted (like T. Swift jumping in on the shenanigans in the first place), but the weirdest thing is that it felt like both a win and a loss for the rest of us.
Y’all know Sassy isn’t about having a sociopolitical debate, so we’re gonna leave Nicki’s original argument on the table. However, here are the most important points of the beef, some of which will have both camps kicking me to the TMZ-watching curb:
- Both gals kinda pussed out. Nicki said “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” Beyonce and Taylor Swift were the only other female nominees, so who was she talking about? Taylor pops in with “@NICKIMINAJ I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot.”
Nicki’s response? “‘Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this @taylorswift13.” Um, Nicki, you were totally talking about Taylor. Admit it.
Still, Taylor backs off too: “@NICKIMINAJ If I win, please come up with me!! You’re invited to any stage I’m ever on.” These chicks fear the US Weekly backlash.
- Can we all just recognize that “Bad Blood” kinda sucks? I’m usually more of a Taylor fan than a Nicki fan, musically, but have you heard Bad Blood on the radio? Without the video, it sucks. With the video, it’s an overproduced Phil Spector-worthy spectacle without much substance. Really, we’ve seen chicks fighting and looking like spy girls before. It’s actually well documented how every scene was an “homage” (read: ripoff).Not that Anaconda’s exactly Stairway to Heaven, but the video had at least as much impact as Bad Blood and was at least as well made. Just sayin’.
- Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars were the best thing that happened here. Inspired by the gals’ tiff, Mars kicked it off: “Yo I want in on this twitter Beef!! VMAs is the new WWF!! @edsheeran F— You!”Sheeran following up with a serious read: “any way we do dis you gon’ come up short”. (Haha, ’cause he’s short.) Bruno then got punny with “That Cut deep..U always know how to sheer me to the core. I can’t believe we’re Sheeran this in public. How dare u!”
Any way you slice it, there was a real conversation to be had here and it was overshadowed by some serious stupidity. So… yay / boo? What did you think about the war?