On Sunday, the tea of the century was served straight from Satan’s stove-top, and was splashed in the face of this year’s MTV Video Music Awards host, Miley Cyrus, by none other than Nicki Minaj.

Onika Maraj called out Miley Cyrus live on stage yesterday following Cyrus‘ comments printed in The New York Times, where Cyrus criticized Nicki‘s tone as she explained her frustrations via Twitter, concerning the lack of a nomination for her record-breaking “Anaconda” video and MTV‘s alleged racial bias.

Taylor Swift, who caught wind of the interview, felt personally victimized by Minaj, and got online as well. Swift took to Twitter to tell Nicki to play nicely when it comes to speaking about her perceived racism, and that maybe “one of the boys” took her nomination. Swift then quickly apologized after a crash course in White feminism from Black Twitter, to which Nicki accepted.

In her regressive interview, Miley showed that she had no prior knowledge of a riff between Taylor and Nicki, but she sure had a lot of personality advice for Ms. Minaj.

Cyrus claimed that Nicki just “isn’t very nice,” and quite literally painted her as the “Angry Black Woman” stereotype.


The clap back was a sonic boom. Minaj closed out her “Hip-Hop Video of the Year” acceptance speech in the most unexpected way: after thanking various supporters, Minaj turned to Cyrus and said, “And now, back to this bitch that had a lot to say about me in the press. Miley what’s good?!”

Every ounce of Queens came out of Nicki Minaj on that stage. Miley Cyrus was visibly shaken, although she returned to her hosting duties, as Nicki nodded to the blast via Twitter, immediately thereafter. Miley tried to throw a jab at the end of her ad spot, but no one could hear it over the sound of the earth shattering. “We’re all in this industry. We all do interviews. We all know how they manipulate. Nicki, congratulations,” she said.

She continued:

“Just because the VMAs have already started doesn’t meant he voting is done; you can still vote at home for who you think is the future of music. It’s the Artist to Watch award. The past winners of this award gone on to incredible success and the past losers of the awards have still gone on to make their mark on the VMA stage. Me. I lost this award back in 2008 and I was fine with it. Whatever, because it’s no big deal! It’s just an award and I persevered! So here are the nominees still vying for your vote. Congratulations, Nicki.”

Simply put, Miley‘s last few sentences (and pretty much everything she’s done up to this point) represent everything that’s wrong with White women’s view of feminism. Her last comment echoes a centuries-old concept developed by priveleged whites that says “It’s not an obstacle for me, so why is it an obstacle for you? Everyone should just do better/just make more money/just get a job/just go to college.”

Black women universally are often told that our experiences and frustrations are not real, that they are misguided, or that we should focus on a “more important” issue. We’re also told that we should be nice when discussing race (or just not discuss it at all).

But let’s look at the facts provided via Tumblr user meetm3outside:

Nicki Minaj, born into poverty in Trinidad with an abusive, crack-addicted father; who worked her ass off pretty much by her damn self to become successful in the most male dominated music genre tries to start a conversation about racism in the music industry.

Miley Cyrus, white child from Tennessee, who became famous from a Disney show her rich father got for her and then re-launched her career by sticking a foam finger up her vagina while dancing on a married man, and appropriating black culture and reinforcing stereotypes, tries to tell Nicki Minaj how she should and should not address racism.

Taylor Swift argued that Nicki Minaj was being divisive for speaking out about race, but in the same breath told her that her experience with MTV was “probably” due something else entirely, like men. Why did Taylor feel victimized when no one’s name was said? It’s not right that Nicki should speak on race or media that is controlled by mostly white faces, so Taylor would prefer that they band together over women’s issues (ya know…”ALL” women’s issues).

This post could go on forever, but I’m just going to leave it at saying I think it’s high time we got Miley Cyrus outta here. When you dismiss someone like Nicki Minaj, you’re dismissing the young black women universally who share some part of her experiences in one way or another. Life experiences for people in different races simply do not pan out in the same ways.

It was also really cute how MTV makes police brutality jokes right before giving out the rap awards, but that’s another post.

The refusal to examine how whiteness benefits some and shuts out others, while praising the attributes of those that are excluded is harmful. Great job at “persevering,” Miley. What was your struggle again? Keep looking over your shoulder. Nicki and the rest of us will be right here properly twerking.