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Nicki Minaj Generously Explains What’s Bad About Miley Cyrus

Photo: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images
Photo: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images

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One month after the semi-fueding, semi-apologetic holy trinity of pop — Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift — faced each other under one roof for the 2015 VMAs, the New York Times's Vanessa Grigoriadis sat down with Minaj to finish the conversation she started on stage that night.

Here's the most condensed of event recaps: Well before the award show, Nicki expressed her disappointment in MTV's failure to nominate her "Anaconda" video; Swift took the comments, which included "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated," personally; and Cyrus pointedly dissed Minaj in her pre-VMA interview. In front of a captive audience, Minaj called the ex-Disney star out, announcing, "This bitch that had a lot to say about the other day in the press." Cyrus tried weakly to answer Minaj's implication, "Miley, what's good?"

The "fued" has been discussed ad nauseam on Twitter, in blogs, and elsewhere, but Minaj took a moment in the interview to hold the public's hand and walk us through the reason behind her frustration. It's a striking statement:

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 blurring 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.

Minaj's advice will most likely go unanswered by the Miley camp, but there is a chance it'll prevent the VMA host from speaking against Nicki without knowing the whole story.

As if clarifying why one of the most famous personalities in pop's whole schtick is deeply flawed wasn't enough, Minaj also completely ended her interviewer. Continue reading the article to see exactly how the rapper ejects reporters from an interview when it takes a turn she doesn't like. We imagine that Grigoriadis filed her NYT story and then crawled off to a hole in the ground somewhere, never to participate in humanity again.

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