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‘Don’t play the race or skinny card.’ – Piers Morgan blasts Nicki Minaj in new article

So, the MTV Video Music Award nominations were announced on Tuesday morning — and the cable network’s picks quickly sparked a Twitterstorm by Nicki Minaj.

When the rapper’s record-breaking Anaconda was passed over for Video of the Year in favour of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, Minaj suggested that it was because she wasn’t the “right” kind of artist to get the coveted nomination. Minaj said MTV snubbed her video because the VMAs are too mainstream and celebrate “women with very slim bodies,” while snubbing black female artists.

“When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture they get that nomination,” Minaj wrote during her hours-long Twitter rant.

“I’m not always confident. Just tired. Black women influence pop culture so much but are rarely rewarded for it,” she continued, when a fan praised her strength and confidence.

The “Feeling Myself” rapper went on to get embroiled in a social media feud with Swift, who assumed she was taking a direct jab at her.

“@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,” Swift tweeted.

Following this storm, in an article for Mail Online titled Don’t play the race or skinny cards, Ms Minaj – you’re just a stroppy little piece of work whose video wasn’t as good as Taylor Swift’s‘, Piers Morgan shared his opinion on the matter.

Read what he wrote below:

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Superstar rapper Nicki Minaj once worked at a Red Lobster restaurant in the Bronx.

She was fired for ‘discourtesy to customers’.

This followed a familiar behavioural pattern.

By her own admission, Minaj was fired from ‘at least fifteen jobs’ for similar reasons.

That’s a LOT of jobs and a LOT of discourtesy.

I experienced at firsthand what a stroppy little piece of work she could be when she appeared as a guest act on America’s Got Talent when I was still a judge on the show.

My three sons, aged 16, 13 and 9 at the time, were keen to get a photo with her backstage.

I approached her dressing room, where she was lounging and yawning on a couch, and made the polite request.

Back came the message: ‘No.’

‘Sorry?’ I replied.

‘Ms Minaj is not available.’

‘Not even to say hello?’

‘NOT. AVAILABLE.’

My audience with her goons was over and I had to break the news to my sons that ‘Ms Minaj’ was too busy doing nothing to grant them a second of her precious time.

She proceeded to scowl her way through her entire time with AGT, on stage and off.

I thought of this when I watched Twitter blow up last night with Minaj’s angry rant about her supposed snub at the hands of the MTV Video Music Awards.

The main thrust of her fury seemed to be that her Anaconda video should have been nominated for Video of the Year, and the reasons it hadn’t been were because she’s a) black and b) not skinny enough.

Her tweets exploded like toxic firecrackers.

‘If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies,’ she raged, ‘you will be nominated for vid of the year.’

‘If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist,’ she sneered, ‘Anaconda would be nominated for vid of the year as well.’

‘When the ‘other’ girls drop a video that breaks records and impacts culture, they get that nomination.’

And on and on she flounced.

The target of her tempestuous tirade was self-evidently Taylor Swift, who did get nominated in the Video of the Year category, along with 8 other nominations, and is both white and skinny.

Taylor wasn’t happy, tweeting Minaj to say: ‘I’ve done nothing but love and support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other.’

Minaj reacted with a blatant lie.

‘Huh? U must not be reading my tweets. Didn’t say a word about u.’

It’s my turn to say HUH?

How many other skinny white women got nominated in the category?

Answer: zero.

Despite this, Taylor was promptly eaten alive on social media by the self-styled ‘Black Twitter’ – a very large, vocal and aggressive social media group of mainly black Americans who collectively leap on any perceived racial insult or bias to expel their indignation.

By coincidence, I myself also ran foul of Black Twitter yesterday when I responded to the current popular activist hashtag ‘#BlackLivesMatter’ by tweeting: ‘#ALLLivesmatter.’

I was trending in America for several hours as Black Twitter vented its wrath at my supposed attempt to ‘delegitimize black lives’.

One person even dubbed me a ‘white supremacist’ as the bile spewed in, despite the fact that I spent much of my time at CNN – when I wasn’t confronting gun nuts – fighting for racial equality and justice for murdered young innocent black men like Trayvon Martin.

So I have every sympathy with Taylor, who did absolutely nothing wrong.

And I have no sympathy with Nicki Minaj, who emerges as a whiny brat that just doesn’t like losing.

Her charges of racism and big-bodyism are frankly laughable when you consider that three of the five nominations for Video of the Year are black artists.

And one of them is Beyoncé, whose own body is far more aligned to the Minaj school of physical beauty than Taylor Swift’s.

Further, 43 of the entire list of 75 nominations for this year’s VMAs include black artists.

Oh, and Minaj herself gets three nominations in other categories.

So the central allegations are a load of old hogwash.

The reason your video didn’t get nominated for Video of the Year, Ms Minaj, is that it wasn’t as good as the others which did.

Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Kendrick Lamar all made better ones.

That’s not my opinion because I’m white.

Or because I prefer skinny women to more voluptuous women (for the record, I don’t…).

It’s my opinion based on watching them all, and agreeing with the nominations.

In one final dig at Taylor Swift, Minaj moaned that whereas Taylor was applauded for leaving the music streaming company Spotify, she herself was ‘dragged’ for launching a rival called Tidal.

What she failed to point out was that Taylor put her new album on Tidal, thus directly supporting it.

There’s no doubt that in the past, the music industry was, like Hollywood, rife with racism, both overt and covert.

There’s also no doubt that many of the world’s top music stars today are black, and command both the financial reward and respect that such status and talent deserves.

For Nicki Minaj, who is indisputably very talented, to play the race card just because her video didn’t get the nomination she wanted is a cheap piece of faux outrage deliberately designed to stir up unnecessary racial tension where it shouldn’t exist.

Shame on you, Ms Minaj.


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Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

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16 comments

  1. Much ado about nothing! This girl can like to hog the spotlight for no reason. Nonsense!

    • And the speed with which these Black Americans are quick to pounce on any perceived slight concerning race is quite frankly sad. And pathetic. Sometimes, I just want to say to them ‘Jeez! Relax already!’

  2. Shame on you, Ms Minaj!
    And the church says ‘Amen!’

    Men! Piers Morgan really took this woman to town.lol.

  3. Drop it like it’s hot Pierce, drop it like it’s hot

  4. He was on track till he said she had talent. The girl would not know talent if it shot her in that blown up fake behind. All she does is make noise, act her age (which is somewhere around 5 or 6), and then posture to be this very sound and mature individual. Please I would rather have news about Beiber day and night, than listen to or read anything on Minaj. Pessin wey even insult Mariah Carrey like say dem be mate. Abbeggie. Talent my flat behind. That one needs to go to school, learn how to think and speak. Maybe then I can take her seriously. Did I mention she has no talent? Oh right. I did.

    • LMAO! Who is this Onuora, and why is he so agitated?

      • Just a concerned citizen who is tired of hearing about Miss Margarine 🙂

        • shakespeareanwalter

          LOL. Why do you keep calling her Miss Margarine?

          • Guy, free me oh! Lol!
            My earliest memory of the buttered girl, was when I first heard of her from a friend and didn’t hear the name right, so I thought he said margarine. Since then, I’ve chosen to call her that most times. Yes, I’m weird like that.

  5. Anaconda ain’t worth no nominations…that video is full of shit

  6. check out this parody of Nicki’s Anaconda http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IbWbj8WX-Zo

    the diss is so on point

  7. I completely agree with Piers on this Nicki ish, but then about that #AllLivesMatter thing… I think he doesn’t even understand how that diminishes the #BlackLivesMatter movement and pom-poos over values he claims to stand for (while in CNN). He needs an education on that count.
    And the fact that Ms. Mind refused to meet his sons backstage after a show (and she might have been tired) doesn’t count for anything. She doesn’t owe it to him or his kids. It would have been nice of her, but it’s not a mandate. And though he’s right about the MTV nomination thing, I think the fact that he’s being vindictive takes away whatever he’s said.

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