Two days after her much-written-about Twitter feud with Nicki Minaj started, Taylor Swift apologizes for “missing the point.”
I thought I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke. I’m sorry, Nicki. @NICKIMINAJ
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 23, 2015
Minaj was angry that her ‘Anaconda’ video didn’t get nominated for the MTV’s Video Music Awards Best Video of the Year, and took to Twitter to express her frustration on Monday. One tweet in particular seemed to call out Swift and her ‘Bad Blood’ video, which did receive a nomination. Swift responded, and launched a media firestorm bigger than Sharknado 3’s debut:
@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..
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 21, 2015
Backlash against Swift’s response blew up into a larger discussion about white feminism silencing black women. Swift has been called “tone-deaf” and her response has been deemed an act of “faux-feminism” aimed to cut down Minaj, and delegitimize her concerns about the music industry.
Katy Perry chimed in last night, adding fuel to the Swift/Minaj firestorm. Perry seemed to call out Swift, who she had a longstanding beef with, and it is widely assumed that ‘Bad Blood’ is largely about their feud.
Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman… — KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 22, 2015
She then tweeted a weird remark about why Rhianna should’ve gotten a VMA nod too:
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 22, 2015
So is the Swift/Minaj Twitter war over? Perhaps, but for now it seems that the media is happy discussing the issues of race and feminism in the music industry these tweets have stirred up.
Minaj promptly responded to Swifts tweet apology.
I've always loved her. Everyone makes mistakes. She gained so much more respect from me. Let's move on. https://t.co/mx9pfIdnzT
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015