Taylor Swift has apologized to Nicki Minaj for hastily responding to the rapper’s tweets about the MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday. “I though I was being called out. I missed the point, I misunderstood, then misspoke,” Taylor wrote. “I’m sorry, Nicki.”
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
Following the announcement of the MTV VMA nominations earlier this week, Minaj took to Twitter to thank MTV for her three nods, but was critical of the award show’s omission of her Beyoncé collab, Feeling Myself, as well as her record-breaking music video in the category of Anaconda for Video of the Year. While Minaj’s intention was to point out racism and discrimination within pop music and institutions like the MTV Video Music Awards, Swift mistook her comments, especially ones directed at videos that celebrate women with “very slim bodies” and “different ‘kind'” of artists, as direct disses aimed at her.
Swift chimed in and originally responded: “@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..” Almost immediately, twitter and the media erupted with opinions and labeled this a “beef”. Let’s be clear here: both Swift and Minaj expressed love for each other and, as you can see from Swift’s response today, it was just a miscommunication. No beefs here.
That means so much Taylor, thank you. @taylorswift13 ❤️❤️❤️
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 23, 2015
While Swift’s apology is sincere, we do hope this conversation about race, body representation and pop music go beyond a one-tweet response. Yes, Swift “missed the point,” but we hope she’s taking steps towards understanding the weight of the discussion she walked into and formally speaks out against these problems in mainstream culture. Minaj has accepted Swift’s apology, but we need to continue moving this discussion forward — but perhaps, this time, off of Twitter.