After 24 hours of making headlines following her tweets about the MTV Video Music Awards nominations and her exchange with Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj issued a response to the feedback she's gotten and it was especially on point. Following a flood of coverage, Nicki and many others took issue with the way the media was presenting the situation.
Citing a quote from Marie Claire's article, Nicki made it clear that her point was not to attack other women in the industry, but to point out the flaws in the industry itself.
The quote from the article Nicki highlighted stated "To put it simply: When Britney Spears got naked and covered herself in sequins for Toxic, she was nominated for Best Music Video. When Emily Ratajkowski got naked next to Robin Thicke in Blurred Lines, he was nominated for Best Music Video. When Miley Cyrus stripped off and broke a million health and safety rules by riding a piece of construction equipment, she wasn't just nominated for Best Music Video of the Year—she won it. All of the above videos have been controversial, but they were acknowledged by the industry for their impact nevertheless."
"Nothing to do with any of the women, but everything to do with a system that doesn't credit black women for their contributions to pop culture as freely/quickly as they reward others," Nicki said in her Instagram message. "We are huge trendsetters, not second class citizens that get thrown crumbs. This isn't anger. This is #information. It's all love to MTV."
Boom. Everyone else pointing fingers and making absurd assumptions, please have a seat and listen for a change.
Taylor has not responded or offered any other statement about her tweets (beyond extending an invitation to Nicki to appear on stage with her), but on Wednesday, Katy Perry offered her opinion on the matter. All things considered, the VMAs (set to air on MTV on Aug. 30) should be rather interesting, to say the least.
The feud is OVER! Taylor Swift apologized to Nicki over the whole VMA nominations hoopla on—where else—Twitter:
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
To this, Nicki responded:
That means so much Taylor, thank you. @taylorswift13 â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
And even added these kind words to say about Taylor:
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ)July 23, 2015
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.