Minaj spoke out after Swift's video for 'Bad Blood' was nominated for the Video of the Year Award, drawing reference to the social impact that her video for 'Anaconda' had.
If I was a different "kind" of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year as well. 😊😊😊— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
U couldn't go on social media w/o seeing ppl doing the cover art, choreo, outfits for Halloween...an impact like that & no VOTY nomination?— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
When the "other" girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination. 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
Assuming that Minaj's tweets were aimed at her, Swift replied to Minaj saying "I've done nothing but love and support you."
@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
Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn't say a word about u. I love u just as much. But u should speak on this. @taylorswift13— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
Fans took to Twitter to call Swift out for ignoring Minaj's attempts to comment on the history of racism and white privilege in the music industry.
sad part is that by interjecting T. Swift turned the story from "Nicki Calls Out Industry Double Standards" to "Nicki In T. Swift Feud!!!"— Zeba Blay (@zblay) July 22, 2015
this needs to be reiterated: black women are constantly silenced. our opinions, when voiced, are almost always viewed as aggressive.— Zeba Blay (@zblay) July 22, 2015
Taylor Swift is a "feminist" yet can't grasp how race & gender intersect all while profiting from black culture pic.twitter.com/jzwVvvsT1T— mango (@lunarnomad) July 21, 2015
nicki was making valid points about the history of racism in the music industry, taylor should be standing by her not making it about her— becca (@margaerytyreII) July 21, 2015
"But u should speak on this"July 21, 2015
'I've done nothing but love & support you' pic.twitter.com/Tb9K9YMCLg— Selina Thompson (@SelinaNThompson) July 21, 2015
*waits for taylor swift to tweet about how everyone is attaking her and rant about white feminism* pic.twitter.com/AyjBxr8dFV— suicide squad member (@senseh8) July 21, 2015
Yesterday in white feminism, Taylor Swift taught us a lesson in fragile white egos: how to make something not about you, ALL about you— Aggressive Asian (@JennLi123) July 22, 2015
Nicki Minaj talks racist & sexist double standards.
Taylor Swift reacts, you're so mean to white skinny women!
Behold, feminism y'all.— Laura Sneddon (@thalestral) July 22, 2015
Hopefully @taylorswift13 will take this mistake as an opportunity to learn that feminism encompasses not only gender, but race as well— Nicole Stephenson (@elocinicole_) July 22, 2015
Stop using faux-feminism to silence Black women who call out white privilege. THAT'S pitting women against each other. @taylorswift13— katniss evermean (@Julia_ATC) July 22, 2015
I love Taylor Swift but she needs to learn that "loving every other woman on the planet" is not a central tenet of feminism— Megan Heaney (@meganheaney) July 22, 2015
Samira Sawlani from Media Diversified said: "Taylor Swift's inability or choice to ignore the point Nicki Minaj was making re: the role of race in the music industry and beyond, is a replay of the responses many people of colour who talk about feminism receive and reflective of society as a whole.
"Ultimately, Nicki Minaj was speaking out about her struggle as a black woman and unfortunately Taylor Swift hijacked the conversation by making it about her and her belief that Minaj was taking a swipe due to the VMA nominations.
"The truth is Taylor Swift's response is nothing new and neither is the reaction of the media who have made this about a 'war of words' while simultaneously vilifying Nikki Minaj."
She went on to say that the situation illustrates an ignorance of intersectionality, adding: "Swift may not be able to understand the challenges black women face, thus it would have made more sense for her to stay quiet or respond in solidarity.
"Not only did she response misconstrue what Nikki Minaj said (suggesting it was a woman against woman thing, or a bruised ego on Minaj's part) but it distracted from the real and more important conversation: race and body image.
"Perhaps this is an appropriate time to suggest Ms Swift reflect and 'check her privilege.' perhaps it's also time the rest of us search out the name Sandra Bland, to really understand what Nikki Minaj is saying."