It’s been a month since the V.M.A beef with Miley Cyrus was a big commotion. However, it seems that it still bothered Minaj and she used her cover interview for New York Times Magazine to get the final word in.
Addressing Cyrus, she told the interviewer, Vanessa Grigoriadis,
‘‘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 bringing 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.’’
Later, Minaj was asked about the beef between her boyfriend, Meek Mill and her label mate and friend, Drake. ‘‘They’re men, grown-ass men,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s between them.’’ How does it make you feel, I ask? ‘‘I hate it,’’ she said. ‘‘It doesn’t make me feel good. You don’t ever want to choose sides between people you love. It’s ridiculous. I just want it to be over.’’
Awkwardness and tension ensued when she was prompted with the question,
‘‘Is there a part of you that thrives on drama, or is it no, just pain and unpleasantness—’’
Grigoriadis wrote, “The room went quiet, but only for an instant.”
Justifiably offended, Minaj made Grigoriadis wish she never asked that poorly phrased question,
‘‘Why would a grown-ass woman thrive off drama?’’
‘‘What do the four men you just named have to do with me thriving off drama? Why would you even say that? That’s so peculiar. Four grown-ass men are having issues between themselves, and you’re asking me do I thrive off drama?’’
‘‘That’s the typical thing that women do. What did you putting me down right there do for you?’’ she asked. ‘‘Women blame women for things that have nothing to do with them. I really want to know why — as a matter of fact, I don’t. Can we move on, do you have anything else to ask?’’ she continued. ‘‘To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. That’s a premeditated thing you just did.’’
Grigoriadis wrote, “she called me ‘‘rude’’ and ‘‘a troublemaker,’’ said ‘‘Do not speak to me like I’m stupid or beneath you in any way’’ and, at last, declared, ‘‘I don’t care to speak to you anymore.’’”
Conclusion: choose your words carefully. Especially, when talking to Nicki Minaj.
Image Credits: Erik Madigan Heck for The New York Times