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Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Why Black Women Don’t Matter

nicki-minaj-taylor-swiftThis Tuesday, a feud on Twitter between Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj sparked a discussion on race and gender. The feud began when Minaj released a series of tweets about being snubbed for a VMA nomination for her music video “Anaconda,” which featured a sexually empowered celebration of curvy Black women.

“If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well,” Minaj tweeted.”Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it.”

Minaj then tweeted, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.”

This prompted Taylor Swift to tweet back, “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.”

Swift considers herself a feminist, but her comment is problematic because it perpetuates feminism that excludes women of color and brands Minaj as “an angry Black woman.”

In fact, some media outlets have been feeding this trope by portraying Minaj as unhinged while Swift is depicted as the calm. Both Swift and the media portrayal of the feud demean Minaj and her opinion, which is a shame when Minaj has made a very valid point.

Black women rarely receive true recognition for their pop culture contributions. If we say something or attempt to do something about it, then we get told that “everybody matters.”

The feud between Swift and Minaj is reminiscent of the #WhiteGirlsRock hashtag that circulated on Twitter during the Black Girls Rock! awards show earlier this year. Like Swift, the people who supported the hashtag stated that Black Girls Rock! was pitting people against each other.

This feud is more than just a celebrity rivalry. It is also a reflection of our current racial climate, one in which we have been told “All Lives Matter” when Black men and women have been killed by police and haven’t received justice.

If every woman truly mattered, then Black women would receive the same amount of recognition as white women. If every woman truly mattered, then Black women would be seen and heard as women.

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7 thoughts on “Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and Why Black Women Don’t Matter

  1. John Davids says:

    just becos in ur mind she "destroyed the best music coming out of black america and white america too", she dsnt have a point ?

  2. niki needs to back up, too. how many awards has she been given? how much Black female competition is being suppressed by the people running the music industry? what about her tacky, degrading songs for which they give her awards? they destroyed what was once the best music in the world coming out of Black america and white america, too.

  3. John Davids I did not say she destroyed the industry. can't you read? I said the people running the music industry (destroyed america's musical legacy and not just america, all that good music we used to have, coming out of jamaica and america in particular, has been destroyed.

  4. So wait. Niki Minaj is some kind of representative of black women? Ok but what kind? That video, can you sit and watch it in your living with with your grandmother and a young 7 year old and feel ok doing it? I think that is probably why. " sexually empowered celebration of curvy Black women" Oh so is that a veiled phrase for what..showing you a$$ and V to the world? Come on..just because a person is black doesnt mean there are correct.

  5. What, that escalated quickly! I don’t think Taylor meant Nicki was ugly! Gat Dammit!

  6. N Cory Gable says:

    ugly heiffers both

  7. N Cory Gable says:

    they are both ugly, disgusting pigs. Sows that need to be penned .

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