I don’t care whether you like her music or not, but Nicki Minaj as a human being is amazing. She’s been reading people for YEARS in the best possible way, she’s incredibly intelligent, outspoken, talented, and an all-around queen. The latest proof of that came in the form of her interview with New York Times magazine, in which she not only basically said the last words that ever need to be said about that whole Miley Cyrus mess (and “mess” is the keyword when it comes to Miley), but also called out the female journalist conducting the interview for her bullshit misogyny.
First, on Miley:
“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.”
Ugh, yes. That’s exactly it, in a nutshell. No further commentary necessary. Of course, Miley won’t internalize that and instead will probably feel defensive and say something dumb and immature in her own next interview, but whatever. If she’s smart, she’ll shut up, read, and take it to heart.
Now about the misogyny. It all started when journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis asked Nicki about the ongoing beef between her boyfriend Meek Mill and longtime friend/collaborator Drake, as well as the bad blood between her label head Lil Wayne and former labelmate Birdman, to which Nicki replied:
“They’re men, grown-ass men,” she said. “It’s between them.” How does it make you feel, I ask? “I hate it,” she said. “It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.”
I guess it’s not completely out of line that Grigoriadis would ask this question – they’re all people she knows. However, then she goes on to ask Nicki if she feeds off the drama. Like, she literally asked that… because women just love drama, of course. Nicki then let rip:
“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.”
“Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way. I don’t care to speak to you anymore.”
Get ‘er, girl.
Grigoriadis later insisted that she didn’t mean to upset Nicki, but that she believes Nicki was right for calling her out because she realized her own bullshit after being humiliated about her shitty journalism skills/feminism by Nicki Minaj.